The Secret Life of Bees
A Book Review
The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd, is the story of 14-year-old Lily Owens in 1964. Lily's mother died when she was young, and her dad, T. Ray, does not treat her like a real person. One day, Lily finds a possession that belonged to her mother. On the back, it says, "Tiburon, SC." Lily then escapes to Tiburon with her nanny, Rosaleen, and meets three sisters who keep bees. As Lily uncovers details about her mother, she discovers the mother that she never had.
This book is beautifully written and has the prominent themes of the power of women and the bond between mothers and daughters. Girls would enjoy this book because of its girl-powered themes, while boys might have a more difficult time relating to Lily and the themes. The story is mature, so I would recommend this book for girls in middle school. On a scale of 1 to 4, I would give this book a 4. The Secret Life of Bees is an amazing book that will be enjoyed by many.
Author: Julia, Middle School student writer
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