Lori Cannon’s letter to author Alice Sebold,
Dear Alice Sebold,
I have read your book, “Lovely Bones,” and it
made me think, and by thinking, I have learned new things about
myself. I look at things in a different light
now. I think of death differently, it has given me the
wonderful chance to learn about my world, and the worlds outside
of my own.
Once of the things that I see differently is how safe the world
is. Your book reminded me that the world is not always
as safe as I would like it to be. I always need to
watch out for myself, and teach others to do the same.
It is scary to think that someone so close could kill and hurt
you in those ways. I am thankful that nothing as
drastic as the murder in the book has happened to a person close
to me. I must always remember to watch out for the
harmful people in the world; as the book has shown, they can be
anyone, even someone that no one would suspect.
Another thing that your book inspired me about is how short life
is. Bad things happen all of the time to people, some
of them you have no control over. At any moment, your
life could be taken away from you, and I have to always remember
to live my life and not let my life live me.
The book also gave me a new outlook on heaven itself.
Your book shows that there are essentially two steps to
heaven. The first step is to get over being dead, so
you can move on to the real heaven. This is a new idea
to me, and it intrigues me. I would like to think if I
did die that I could watch over my family to see what they are
doing. In the book, the main character is able to
somehow, when she tries hard enough, to make her family members
feel her presence. That is an awesome thought as
well. I would love for my family and friends, after
I’m gone, to be able to feel my presence and to feel the
love I have towards them. I think for me, it would be
hard to let my friends and family go. The idea that I
could somehow be their guardian angel, gives me peace of mind.
The last thing that your book has made me think about was how one
person affects all different kinds of people. I never
thought about how so many people are connected to one
individual. There are so many people that I am around
everyday; family, friends, peers, teachers, and people of the
town (that I may not personally know, but they somehow know
me). I am part of their lives everyday, and if I were
gone, they would be affected by my absence. That
thought blows my mind. I never felt important until I
started to think about how many people I am around everyday.
In life, there are so many obstacles that everyone has to
face. I have learned so many things in my life thus
far, and this book has made me think and learn in many more
ways. Life, death, and everything in
between…all combined together to any individual
person. There are so many things I have yet to
experience, and I am just grateful that I still have the chance
Lori C. Cannon