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  The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Review by: Jong Min L.
Other, Grade 10

The book was written in the point of view of the protagonist, a fourteen year old girl. Thus, how she starts to feel calm and happy through maternal love is more appealing and desirable.

A Book that would Bring Warmth and Love to Our World

The Secret Life of Bees written by Sue Monk Kidd is my favorite book among the books I have read throughout my sophomore year. This novel is a bildungsroman which illustrates the growth and maturation of a fourteen year old girl, Lily Owens. Lily Owens has been living only with her father, T. Ray, in Sylvan, California since her motherís death in a vague accident when Lily was a small child. Throughout her childhood, Lily longs for maternal love missing her mother who is left only as trace of Lilyís uncertain memory. Lilyís black housekeeper, Rosaleen, is the only one who cares for Lily when she is harshly treated by T. Ray. One day Lily finds her motherís possessions, her photo, a photo of black Mary, a pair of white gloves, and decides to flee from T. Ray by rescuing Rosaleen who has been imprisoned for spitting at three racist men and heading together to Tiburon, a place written in the back of the photo of black Mary, in search of anyone who might know about her mother and about the accident. Three black beekeeping sisters allows Lily and Rosaleen to live with them where Lily Owens unconsciously starts to resettle herself and develop with the help of sistersí love. Lilyís experience in the beekeeping sistersí home not only illustrates how maternal love in a community can help an individual in a trouble but also accentuates the necessity of love in the world today where interest for others is declining every single moment. Especially in the high school where I am attending, students are sometimes too overwhelmed with school work to improve relationship with other people when a single word of love can alleviate oneís academic pressure. Beekeeping sistersí love and toleration which led to Lilyís maturation and happiness enlightened me about the significance caring for others. In addition, the sistersí ceaseless love helped me to establish a new attitude in regarding other people, focusing more on developing relationships with students which I recently havenít been highly concerned about.

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