The Secret Life of Bees

January 13, 2009
By Michaela Farrell, Sea Girt, NJ

Everyone has a secret; it’s just a matter of learning others. But sometimes it’s hard to believe for tiny animals to have such phrases kept in the closet. The Secret Life of Bees is an extraordinarily written novel about little Lily Owens, who just happened to have killed her mother at the age of four. The accidental child murderer lived with her abusive father, walking into LaLa land every instant with her supposed heavenly mother. This book is set in the 1950’s, America’s integrated stage. But sometimes, it is the colors within that really matter. Lily’s nanny, Rosaleen, is also desperate for a journey out of their quaint town in South Carolina. Lily has a moving idea to explore a specific place, Tiburon, South Carolina. Lily chose this coincidental land because her mother left an artifact of her time with the name of the interesting town. The artifact, for a very significant reason, is the Black Mary, on a Black Madonna honey jar. Random, right? Once one opens the pages to this addicting novel, one will figure, there is nothing haphazard about the mysterious honey jar. Join Rosaleen, Lily, and some other friends along the way, on their own little excursion to find the truth about Lily’s mother, and a world full of secrets that have no help but to be revealed.

The author's comments:
hey guys! Well I'm in love with writing (it's second nature) and i adored this book! The inspiration it took me for this book was my extra credit reading project. It basically is, we don't do the review, no points! I actually found a lot of enjoyable qualities in this review and i encourage others to begin writing! It really is worth it.

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This article has 7 comments.

Nicole said...
on Jan. 27 2009 at 11:37 pm
ahhhh this is such a great article! ive never read the secret life of bees but this review makes me want to go read it immediately! great job.

marci88 said...
on Jan. 27 2009 at 10:38 pm
I have been looking for a new book and after reading this review I know what it is going to be. This review is great and really makes you want to read the book and learn all of the secrets. Can't wait to read her next reccomendation!!

DeeDee said...
on Jan. 26 2009 at 2:39 am
Wow Michaela, I'd like to learn some of your secrets! Someone gave me this book as a gift, and NOW I'd going to read it! Thank you.

I will look forward to your next review. Keep them coming!

Ellie said...
on Jan. 25 2009 at 4:28 pm
AWESOME! i think this is a great article about secrets that are hidden all around you! I will have to make sure to get this book! I've seen the movie once, and the book is already sounding a lot better! i hope to see more of your work! -Ellie

meliss said...
on Jan. 25 2009 at 4:28 pm
Good Review!!!!!!!! i really want to read this book now! this rewiew is really good!!

Tuck said...
on Jan. 25 2009 at 4:08 pm
I totally LOVE this article!! the author shows the complete summarization of this proposed enthralling book! Thanks to Michaela I'm going to take this book out from the library today!! thanks a lot teen ink

jess said...
on Jan. 25 2009 at 5:44 am
WOW! Love the opening line! this kid has a knack for writing... love to see more!!


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