The Secret Life of Bees by Sun Monk Kidd

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd: It’s hard to describe this book without going into a lot of detail. It’s more or less about Lily, a teenager living in 1960s South Carolina, and her dealings with race, prejudice, and the death of her mother. It’s a sweet and gentle story of acceptance and forgiveness. A touch predictable, but not exasperatingly so. All in all it’s just a nice little tale.

Also posted on BookCrossing.

  1. I didn’t care for this book. I didn’t feel the young girl narrator’s voice felt authentic, and I objected to the predictable sad end to a particular character–it felt particularly emotionally manipulative to me.

  2. I have to agree with Girl Detective. I read this a couple of years ago and was so disappointed by it that I actually returned it to the bookstore.

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