The Secret Life of Bee’s Book Review

the_secret_life_of_beesTitle: The Secret Life of Bee’s

Author: Sue Monk Kidd
Blurb (GR): Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. When Lily’s fierce-hearted black “stand-in mother,” Rosaleen, insults three of the deepest racists in town, Lily decides to spring them both free. They escape to Tiburon, South Carolina–a town that holds the secret to her mother’s past. Taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily is introduced to their mesmerizing world of bees and honey, and the Black Madonna. This is a remarkable novel about divine female power, a story women will share and pass on to their daughters for years to come.

How do I even begin?

I really like this book. I saw this on a local book store and I heard great reviews about it. I think that’s what mostly led me to read this. The great reviews.

Since, the reviews are so good, I had high expectations for this and I only liked it. Not loved it. It was meh.


Some things to look forward: Lily’s growth of herself throughout the book. If there is one thing I like, it’s character development. Lilly was insecure about herself. She didn’t know if she killed her mom or not. She is always trying to fit in. She wants to find a place where she belongs. With August, June, and May (SPOILER: SHE DIES) she learns more about herself and family than she could ever imagine.

Zach’s and Lilly’s sweet friendship. They are like 2 peas in a pod. And even when it develops into something more, it’s even more sweet.

Some things not to look forward: Lily’s character. So I know that maybe the point is that, Lilly has to find her true self, and whatever. But did Sue Monk Kidd have to make her… so … stupid? And so annoying? It’s like she’s a rock climber and she’s struggling to grasp a rock. Because she keeps on whining.


T.Ray is the guy I hate the most in this story. No you do NOT abuse your OWN CHILD, no matter how she looks like your dead love.


To conclude, it was really a 3-star book. Mixed feelings.



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