March 12, 2010
The Secret Life Of Bees
I loved this book. It's set in 1964, South Carolina. The story is about a 14 year old girl and her struggle to come to terms with her mother's death. I don't like to give a lot away but she lives with her emotionally abusive father and ends up living with 3 sisters on a bee farm. There are issues about Civil Rights and race relations as well. It also gives you a new perspective on bees. I'll never look at them the same again.
From the first chapter, I was in love. I read in in the past few days every chance I got. Finishing faster once I knew the movie was on this weekend. The imagery was beautiful and I found myself drawn to the characters immediately. I especially loved the Boatwright sisters. Their bond was so genuinely beautiful. The author has an ability to describe a scene in such a way that made me want to be there. Right in that bee farm, right in that pink house. There was a wonderful theme of female friendship and love.
I highly recommend this book to anyone. It's a wonderful story, beautifully told. I won't be returning this gem to the book-man.
***Edited to add***
I watched the movie this morning and it was very good. Of course no movies live up to the book but I found this adaptation to be fairly true to the book, with a few changes. They have to rush through some parts in order to make a movie under 2 hours. The best part was Sophie Okonedo as May Boatright. She was just as I pictured her. I loved her character so much. Dakota Fanning is a very talented young actress and was perfect for the part of Lily. Thumbs up!