When we first meet 14-year-old Susie Salmon, she is already in heaven. This was before milk carton photos and public service announcements, she tells us; back in 1973, when Susie mysteriously disappeared, people still believed these things didn’t happen. In the sweet, untroubled voice of a precocious teenage girl, Susie relates the awful events of her death, and her own adjustment to the strange new place she finds herself. (It looks a lot like her school playground, with the good kind of swing-set.) With love, longing, and a growing understanding, Susie watches her family as they cope with their grief her father embarks on a search for the killer, her sister undertakes a feat of amazing daring, her little brother builds a fort in her honor and begin the difficult process of healing.
This is a compelling and heartbreaking story. There is just nothing like it…Susie is already dead when the book starts, but you just want to catch her killer and bring her back to life! I cried a lot reading this book, but it was fantastic. Chilling. Highly recommended for high school readers. – Jessica, Teen Librarian