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This New York Times bestseller is now available as a Spanish-language audio book. Set in South Carolina in 1964, THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES is the history of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped by her confused memory of her mother's death when Lily was just a small child. This is a notable novel about female power--divine and human--and a story that women will share and pass from mother to daughter for generations. Ambientada en Carolina del Sur en 1964, LA VIDA SECRETA DE LAS ABEJAS es la historia de Lily Owens,...
This New York Times bestseller is now available as a Spanish-language audio book. Set in South Carolina in 1964, THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES is the history of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped by her confused memory of her mother's death when Lily was just a small child. This is a notable novel about female power--divine and human--and a story that women will share and pass from mother to daughter for generations. Ambientada en Carolina del Sur en 1964, LA VIDA SECRETA DE LAS ABEJAS es la historia de Lily Owens, cuya vida ha sido formada alrededor del recuerdo confuso de la tarde en que su madre fue asesinada. Esta es una novela notable sobre el poder divino femenino, una historia que las mujeres compartirán y pasarán a sus hijas por generaciones.
Posted April 29, 2013
The Secret Life of Bees was set in South Carolina in 1964. The story is about a 14 year old girl named Lily Owens who is haunted by the memory of her mothers death.
Lily escapes her lonely and troubled life with an abusive father, and flees with Rosaleen, her caregiver. To discover the secrets of her mother’s past. She is taken in by the Boatwright sisters, August, May and June. Lily finds the wonders of the mesmerizing world of beekeeping. The main character Lily was also a dynamic character in this book. Lily faced many adventures, such as beekeeping, finding about her mother. But most of all she found herself in this book. My favorite character in this book would have to be August. August found Lily and Rosaleen and took them in when they had no where else to go. She helped and sported Lily even when she did not wan’t help. My least favorite character would be June. June was the most gifted out of the three sisters she could sing and play many instruments.
But June was always afraid. She never confronted her fears throughout the book. I did not like this about her because she was too stubborn for her own good.
In some ways modern day reader could relate to the characters. For example their drive and determination to do right by God and by their sisters. Also the abuse that Lily faced, many people don’t know that verbal abuse can hurt you too. But in many ways we can’t relate. Such as we are not in 1964. Their are not any Jim Crow Laws left, and these day we are a little more accepting of race. I believe the characters actions were believable for the conflict. How Lily ran away to find herself and to leave her abusive father. I think that a real person would of have behave this way. But in 1964 the people were more respectful to their parents. Yet today people would be much more out-spoken than Lily was.
The Secret Life of Bees was a good book. I liked the different setting in this book. I have never read a book that took place in South Carolina in 1964. I also liked the point of view and how Lily told the story. Lily’s thoughts just fit the atmosphere of the books dynamic. My favorite part of the book is when Lily goes to the hospital to sneak Rosaleen out and to bring her to safety. One thing I didn’t like about the book was that you could infer what was happening next, and also you need the mood before they writer started to describe it. If I could change one thing in this book it would be that May wouldn’t. I believe that her death was such an inconvenience to the book and the readers that she died, and to top it off her death didn’t make any sense.
I would recommend this book to a person who wanted a different view on big life issues and also some one a culture shift in time. I believe that this book would be well suited for younger ages. A person like around the same age as Lily. Some who understands what she is going through. The Secret Life of Bees was a book about acceptance, and finding a mothers love even when she is gone
Posted April 10, 2013
When first looking at this book it may appear that is a book for kids in middle school. Though in reality it is a book for people at all ages. It teaches about the time when blacks were still being persecuted and put down, just because of their skin color. It also teaches about courage and how much standing up for yourself counts for. I would truly reccomend The Secret Life of Bees to anyone. It's a great read that knows no end.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.