“Most people don’t have any idea about all the complicated life going on inside a hive. Bees have a secret life we don’t know anything about”
The secret life of bees is a story about a little girl named Lilly Owens. Lilly Owens is a fourteen-year old white girl who lives in Sylven, South Carolina, where people were incredibly racist against black people. She lives on a peach farm with her abusive father and her one and only friend, her housekeeper Rosaleen, an African-American woman. When Lilly was four years old, her mother died in an accident. The only things she knows about the accident and about her mother are the things her father told her. One day Lilly and Rosaleen escape to Tiburon, a town in South Carolina, a town that holds many secrets…
It’s a beautiful compelling story about love, hope, doubts, sadness and happiness. The book has fourteen chapters and it’s a very well-written and compelling story. When I started to read this book, I found it a little boring but after a few pages I began to love it. I think it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read and I think everyone should read it. Sometimes the story made me feel very sad because of all the drama and the fact how racist people were against black people back in the days. But sometimes it also made me laugh and happy.
The book is written by Sue Monk Kidd in 2001. She was born in Sylvester, Georgia. She graduated in Texas with a B.S in nursing in 1970. After her graduation she started working as a Registered nurse and college nurse instructor. One day she wrote a personal essay for a writing class. The essay was published in Guidepost and reprinted in Reader’s Digest. She became a contributing editor at Guidepost and became a writer. She wrote her first novel, The Secret Life of Bees, over three and a half years. The book became really successful, was adapted into a film directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood and was nominated for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction. She also wrote some other famous books: God’s Joyful Surprise, When the Heart Waits and The Dance of The Dissident Daughter.
I think this book is a kind of realistic view of the world, and how the people were back in the days and how they treated other people. All the hate and all the violence, only because of their color? It made me incredibly sad and angry. It also shows that not only the bees have a secret and complicated life we don’t know about. It shows that no matter how wonderful, lovely and perfect you think people and families are, they all have problems we don’t know about.