The Secret Life of Bees - A Novel

The Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd This is a phenomenal book. I put off writing a review for this because it's difficult to articulate what makes it so great. The narrator isn't perfect: Lily Owens runs away from home, she lies about who she is, spends a great deal of the book feeling helpless, and hides behind her friends when trouble strikes. And the concept isn't necessarily original: it's about a girl who stays with a family of black sisters in the 1960's south. But somehow this book transcends all clich├ęs, and becomes an intelligent and moving book about moving forward. Lily and Rosalee's friendship is adorable, but there is realistic tension between the two and they both learn from one another. I also loved August and Lily's friendship. While there was a little InstaRomance with one of the male characters, Lily opened up and became a more introspective person because of it. Definitely read this book. It's a well-written, heartfelt coming-of-age story.