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The Secret Life of Bees

Reviewed by: Rebecca

The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd, was one of the BEST novels I have read in a long time! Not only did this story make me want to keep on reading and never stop turning the pages, but it also challenged me to think; think about how to stand up for what I believe in, how to never stop searching for the truth, and how to always take a chance no matter how bad the consequences. Lily, the main character, may only be fourteen years of age but she has the maturity level of somebody much older. She never gives up no matter what kind of obstacles are placed in front of her, and no matter what, she keeps her glass half full. Lily inspires me to “imagine what’s never been,” and because she opened my eyes to how wonderful being different can be, I thank her. Not only did Lily inspire me but the Boatwright sisters did as well. These sisters know what it means to be a family, and I absolutely love how they accept people for who they are. In a time of extreme segregation, this family of strong-willed African American women takes in two strangers, one of which is white, and offer them the chance to discover more about who they are as people, and the chance to uncover the secrets of the past. When the Boatwright sisters are faced with tragedy, they stay strong and unrelenting. Not only would I recommend this novel to anyone that loves to read, but I plain on purchasing my own copy to keep on hand throughout the years. No matter what, the characters in the story almost always have an optimistic look on life. No matter what, they focus on the positive side of events, and no matter what, they will always have a spot in my heart and on my book shelf.  

About the Reviewer

City: La Crosse
Date Reviewed: 6/14/2012