Monday, October 17, 2011

TY Book Recommendation 4

Helene Peters has read The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd for her Extended Essay, and writes-

The Secret Life of Bees is about the life of a girl called Lily Owens in the 1960s. She runs away from home, from her dad who doesn't seem to love her and from the place she accidentally killed her own mom when she was 4 years old, when her nanny Rosaleen gets beaten up in the streets for being not respectful to a white man and therefore has to go to jail.

Lily is 14 years old and finds a place with Rosaleen in the big pink house of the Boatwrights - August, May and April, who produce honey. Lily thinks her mom had been there before she killed her but at first doesn't tell, because she is not sure. After that, the complications of a searching father, of love between black and white and of the guilt that seems to grow inside of Lily follow.

The book is very touching and shows how people can change if they are hurt. You can see how immortal love is and into what kind of monsters loving people can turn, even though they don't want to. On the other side you learn how important the love of a mother is the feeling of having a home. How to forgive yourself is an essential part of the book as well.

In this book there are so many different kinds of love, how they can make you stronger or destroy you, that one word for love is far too small to express the emotions in the book.

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