If the words on a page are powerful enough to evoke strong emotions out of you, whether it’s anger, sadness, or joy, the book is a good one.
Sue Monk Kidd effectively crafted a story about love and family through The Secret Life of Bees. At the same time, she has managed to depict the cruel reality of the extent of racism during the 1960s in the South. Though the book is a work of fiction, history is deeply rooted and its impact prevails. Regardless of whether it was a true story or not, the book itself was powerful.
The story is told through the perspective of protagonist Lily Owens, a fourteen-year-old girl. Lily runs away with Rosaleen, the only motherly figure left in her life. With that said, the book is easy to read and comprehend as it is a recount of thoughts and feelings.
Kidd has evoked strong feelings out of me with regards to Lily’s life. I have been a mix of emotions while reading, constantly empathizing with each character. The events in the books helped me develop a better understanding of the world. The reality of racism and its effects on an individual have opened my eyes.
I recommend this book to everyone. I think that it should be read, especially with today’s social climate regarding race and discrimination. The book teaches lessons of love in families. It emphasizes the idea that family is never restricted by blood. Like me, this book will benefit every reader in one way or another.