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The Secret Life of Bees (book)

190 Ratings: 2.9
The debut novel by non-fiction writer Sue Monk Kidd.

In Sue Monk Kidd'sThe Secret Life of Bees, 14-year-old Lily Owen, neglected by her father and isolated on their South Carolina peach farm, spends hours imagining a blissful infancy when she was loved and nurtured by her mother, Deborah, whom she … see full wiki

Author: Sue Monk Kidd
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Date Published: January 28, 2003
22 reviews about The Secret Life of Bees (book)
review by . June 27, 2010
While The Secret Life Of Bees is a fairly quick and enjoyable read, it is far more. For, it also provides lessons which often lead to enlightenment. Such lessons are due to the author's ability to create a  strong connection with the characters related to equality, friendship love and trust.      For example, unless one understands where one comes from, one cannot understand where one may be going. Regardless, the book does a good …
review by . June 23, 2010
A great way to examine the heated topic of race in the South.
This is a coming-of-age story, a powerful testimony to the redeeming quality of friendship among women and a wonderful reminder how love can heal. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves women's literature or just a good story.      Lily Owens' life has been changed starting with the afternoon her mother was killed.  Now, in fear for her safety, she is shipped off to South Carolina with caretaker Roasleen to the home of three bee-keeping sisters.  …
Quick Tip by . July 16, 2010
Very readable with engaging characters but not an intense literary experience
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
In a young person's life, there is always a point when they discover who they are and who they may want to be - or we hope so. Pain, family, joy, love, are all part of that journey.
Quick Tip by . July 06, 2010
It's hard to describe this book without sounding corny. I'll be corny. it's inspirational and makes you smile. Read it if you like the mushy stuff, and ready it anyway if you're heartless and don't.
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
:)
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
Unlike most people, I was not really enamored by this book. It was just okay to me.
Quick Tip by . June 30, 2010
omg i love this.
Quick Tip by . June 28, 2010
I loved this book. As soon as I read it Sue Monk Kidd became one of my favorite authors!
Quick Tip by . June 24, 2010
A touching book about how friends become family and overcoming life's obstacles.
review by . June 24, 2010
DELETE THESE QUESTIONS IF/AFTER YOU RESPOND!!          I thought this was a pretty depressing book.         I enjoyed reading it and recommend it to any one who likes fiction with twists and turns      The book took place in the south        the plot was unrealistic     the young girl in the story was the main character            …
Quick Tip by . June 23, 2010
i liked this book
Quick Tip by . June 19, 2010
I didn't like this book. I wanted to like this book, but I didn't.
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
meh.
Quick Tip by . June 10, 2010
Very worthwhile reading!
Quick Tip by . June 10, 2010
tearjerker
review by . March 14, 2009
     I didn't love this movie. That makes me a little sad because I really love Queen Latifah and was looking forward to a rich story experience. Having just made the statement that I didn't love it, I'll try to share why I didn't. I haven't read the complete novel. I began it and was intrigued and caught up, but had borrowed it and needed to return it. Now that I own it, I just haven't gone back to pick up the story beyond page seventy. The seventy pages I read seemed to mirror …
review by . February 15, 2009
Not being at all sure that The Secret Life of Bees would be my sort of novel, I put off reading it until it was selected by a reading group of which I'm part. Now that I've closed the last page, I can easily say that it's going to be hard work letting go of these characters who have poured themselves into my life much like the honey which provides their livelihood.     Set in South Carolina in 1964, fourteen year old Lily has grown up with the horrifying knowledge that she killed …
review by . October 15, 2005
New readers of Sue Monk Kidd's "The Secret Life of Bees" can smile in anticipation of savoring a heart-warming treat as comforting as hot tea laced with honey on a rainy day. The story set in the Civil Rights years in the rural South oozes off each page with a slow and solid honesty via the guileless and poignant narration of Kidd's protagonist, 14 year old white Lily Melissa Owens, a young teenager who is pained with a little more than just the turbulent changing of her body and the times. With …
review by . July 19, 2005
Here's a review from a 41 year old male. My wife read the book, and it looked entertaining enough to give it a try. I know it's supposed to be "chick-lit" (a designation I hate...as though some stories are only OK for one gender), but I was intrigued to see what the hubbub was about.    The book, told in the first person by a 13 year old girl (Lily) in 1960s South Carolina, follows her life as she runs away from home with her black housekeeper, to get away from an abussive father …
review by . August 27, 2004
I'm the type of person who reads in short "spurts" and, therefore, it tends to take me close to a month to finish a book. While The Secret Life of Bees was certainly a smaller book than some I've read this year, I don't think it was JUST its size that led me to WHOOOSH through it so quickly. It grabbed my interest from page 1 (quite uncommon) and held it all the way to the last page. It made me laugh out loud and cry and raise my hand to my mouth in surprise. It is a rich and engaging story as warm …
review by . August 04, 2003
I enjoyed this book very much. The Secret Life Of Bees is a wonderfully written book with memorable characters and an interesting historical setting. The novel is set in the state of South Carolina in 1964 which coincided with the passage of the Civil Rights Act. The main character is a young white teenage girl named Lily Owens who goes on a search to learn about the mother she lost at the age of 4. Lily blames herself for accidently shooting her mother and blames herself for her death. Lily begins …
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