Teens Review: The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Reviewed by Alish, high schooler

“Okay, I thought, here goes. I said, ‘ May did you ever know a Deborah? Deborah Fontannel? A white woman from Virginia? It would have been a long time ago.’ . . . ‘Oh, yes, Deborah Fontannel. She stayed out there in the honey house. She was the sweetest thing,’

And there it was. There it all was.”

The Secret Life of Bees is about a young girl named Lily Owens. She lives on a peach farm with her abusive father T. Ray and her black “stand-in-mother” Rosaleen, her best and only friend. When Rosaleen gets in trouble with some local racists, Lily won’t take anymore and runs away with Rosaleen. They go to the town Tiburon, which hides the secrets of her mother’s gloomy past. They’re taken in by a kind group of black women that have a mysterious connection to her mother. Lily learn the values of truth, friendship, and true love.

The Secret Life of Bees is a wonderful read. The book has great transitions and meshes Lily Owens life and America’s unfair pastimes quite well. The book flows in and unpredictable series of events and it will grab your heart. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good read and also people who like historical fiction and America’s great pastimes.


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