Book Review – The Secret Life of Bees

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

I have heard wonderful things about this book so I felt a little let down when I actually got around to reading it. It is good; the diction is vivid and the characters are interesting, but the plot is predictable. I was not really surprised by anything that happens in this story of sisterhood and growing up.

The story is told in the first person through the eyes of a young girl named Lily. Her voice and character gives the story part of its quirkiness. While I liked the book and did want to finish it, part of me was bored.

Recommended when it is already on your shelf

–Jane, recommends

4 thoughts on “Book Review – The Secret Life of Bees

  • December 12, 2005 at 10:34 am

    Thanks. I was thinking of reading it because, yes, many folks had recommended. I think I’ll skip it and read some ya fantasy instead!

  • December 12, 2005 at 2:41 pm

    I really liked the Mermaid Chair by the same author. It wasn’t an intellectual exercise but an enjoyable read nonetheless.


  • December 13, 2005 at 4:16 pm

    I agree entirely. I had heard good things about it (I forget where or from who) but felt the same way. I finished it, but there were no surprises. Oh well. You win some, you lose some.

    Incidentally, I felt the same way about “All I Did Was Ask,” by Terry Gross. The interviews lose something without actually hearing the interaction between her and her guest. I just read bits and pieces of that one, since it lends itself to that sort of reading.

    And, oh yeah. Hi, I read your blog. 🙂 I’m an LIS student at Simmons.

  • December 14, 2005 at 8:52 am

    Howdy. Thanks for stopping by. I always like “seeing a new face” around this joint.

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