Friday, April 13, 2012

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

The book I read was The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone in need of a good read. This book made me laugh out loud, brought tears to my eyes, and made me feel grateful for what I have. In this book, the main character is Lily Owens and the reader is introduced to her as a girl who is abused physically and verbally by her father. Also, when she was young she killed her own mother by mistake and Rosaleen, a black servant, serves as her motherly figure. When the law is passed that allows blacks to vote, Rosaleen goes into town with Lily to register herself to vote. However, on the way, she meets these racist white men who taunt her, causing Rosaleen to react for the worse and so they get into a fight. Rosaleen ends up getting taken away into a jail cell and Lily's father picks her up the police station. Lily was not arrested because she is white unlike Rosaleen. When Lily's dad drops her off at home, her dad tells Lily that her mother never loved her and he will beat her like never before when he gets back. This causes Lily to run away from home, break Rosaleen out of jail and take them both on a journey that changes there lives. They end up in Tiburon, as that is where Lily’s mother was before she was killed by Lily and get taken in to the same house Lily’s mother lived in. There she meets May, August and June Boatwright. At first Lily lies and says she is the orphan of her two dead parents while her dad T-Ray is actually truly alive, and the Boatwright sisters take her and Rosaleen in. In conclusion, The Secret Life of Bees was a wonderful book that I would recommend to anyone of any age.
~Danah, Teen Book Reviewer

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