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Book Review: Lucky

Well hello there inter-webbians!

It’s practically summertime and you’ll know what that means… all the good TV shows have wrapped!

But don’t  be discouraged! This is a huge positive (well, if you like reading my blog it is), because this means I am bored and looking for something to occupy myself with, AKA me writing more.

This also gives me time to read more, hence this post.

Like any good book junkie, I was in the middle of reading Memoirs of a Geisha (stay tuned for a future review!), when I happened upon a used book sale. Among the goodies I picked up was Lucky by Alice Sebold. Sebold may be best known for her novel, The Lovely Bones, which was turned into a 2009 movie featuring Mark Whalburg and Stanley Tucci. Lucky is her earlier written memoir detailing the events of her own rape and its after effects on her life, especially during her years at Syracuse University, where on the eve of the last day of classes, she was victimized.

As with The Lovely Bones, which follows an all-American family as they struggle through the events of their daughter’s kidnapping, Lucky, entwines the dark and light aspects of the case, with finesse. While rape is not something that anyone would associate with the word “beautiful”, Sebold manages to write the chilling details of her victimization, beautifully. The acts that are forced upon her are crushing and gruesome, but her personal storytelling of the ordeal is almost poetic. This quality comes about because this is not a fantasized, Hollywood version of sexual assault, but a deeply emotional journey that Sebold relives as she writes.

The after effects of the assault on her life are strangely captivating, especially if you have ever been a naïve, nubile college female (i.e. me), because you can picture yourself in her shoes, but then cannot imagine actually having to live it, instead of the freedom and fun that you may remember.

As a semi-aspiring writer, this is the sort of writing I hope I can grow up to write. Sebold is able to take a nightmare of a subject and write it in a smooth, engaging, yet still gripping, fashion.  I highly recommend this book to anyone, but especially to college-age women, as it opens their eyes to situations that they could easily be put in. Overall I give this book a 5 out of 5.

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