The Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd

The Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd

This is the story of Lily Owens, a very nice girl trying to live with the blurry memory of accidentally killing her mother when she was two years old. Lily lives with her horrible father and the only person that truly cares about her is her black nanny called Rosaleen. When Rosaleen manages to enrage the worst racist in town, Lily decides to run away with her to Tiburon, South Carolina, just because the only picture Lily has of her mother has that town's name written on the back. That's how they end up with the Boatwrights, three very special black sisters with a beekeeping business, a pink house and a Black Madonna, and Lily is slowly going to uncover the real truth about her mother, and also about herself.


I don't know why I didn't like this book more. I was interested to the very last page, and I liked almost every character, but somehow I felt like it never took off, even in the stronger parts it failed to make me feel anything other than just interested. I didn't felt sad, or enraged, or really happy about anything that happened, and in my opinion, that's the whole idea in these type of books.


As for what I really liked, August was my favorite character. She is the kind of people you wish you met when you were a kid. Compassionate, understanding and fierce when it came to what she loved, she is the ideal grandmother, and to me, she was the main reason why I liked this book. I also enjoyed the general tone of the book, the writing was excellent, and it had some excellent quotes, my favorite being:


You think you want to know something, and then once you do, all you can think about is erasing it from your mind. From now on, when people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I planned to say, Amnesiac.


I really liked the author, so I will be reading more of her. And I just found out this book was made into a movie in 2008, so now I just HAVE to watch it!