The Lovely Bones

By Cassondra Lynn, age 16, California

In 8th grade, I was browsing the bookshelves of the library, looking for - what else - a book! I love to read. It's one of my favorite things to do.

As I was walking along the shelves one book lying on an otherwise empty bookshelf caught my eye. It was The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, released in 2002. I had never heard of it before, but no doubt most people reading this have.

Warning: The following description may seem graphic to some readers.

It is about a girl named Suzie who was raped, murdered, and then dismembered by a seemingly harmless neighbor. But what makes this book stand out to me is that the story is told mostly by the murdered girl from heaven. She watches as her family searches for answers in her death, and she witnesses her friend's grieving and her crush moving on.

If books aren't your thing, on March 13th, 2009, The Lovely Bones will be released in theaters. Starring Saoirse Ronan (Atonement), Rachel Weisz (The Mummy, The Mummy Returns, The Constant Gardener), and Mark Wahlberg (The Departed, I Heart Huckabees, Boogie Nights, The Renaissance Man), the movie is already sure to be a hit. It was adapted by Peter Jackson, who also adapted The Lord of the Rings trilogy and King Kong.

This book has stuck with me. The words are powerful and make you realize just how much you love life. I'd give it 5 gold stars. Tell us what you think! Check out the feedback form below.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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