The Secret Life of Bees

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The Secret Life of Bees

The Secret Life of BeesBy: Sue Monk Kidd Glog by: Olivia Boccardo 

The story starts out with Lily, the storys narrator, talking about her lonely life without her mother who died when Lily was four. Rosealeen, Lily's care taker, has a very good relationship with her. As the story goes on, we learn that Lily took part in her mothers death, yet T.Ray doesn't want to touch on that topic that much throughout the story. As time goes on, one night Lily decided to go to town with Rosaleen. While in town, Rosaleen gets into an argument and Lily and her are taken to jail. Lily gets taken out of jail by T.Ray, but Rosaleen has to stay. Then T.Ray gets into a fight with Lily and Lily sneaks Rosaleen out of custody and escapes to Tiburon, South Carolina. Lily seeks out August Boatwright who is a beekeeper. August welcomes Lily and Rosaleen in and puts them to work. Lily becomes good friends with Zach who is an assistant for August. Zach get arrested due to Civil Rights Act, but one sister of August takes the news to harshly. The novel ends with T.Ray coming to find Lily and bring her back home, but August convinces T.Ray to let her stay. Lily ends up staying with August and learns more about her mother.



One theme shown throughout the story is the theme of love is very important in life. In the begining of the story Lily has problems with her self-confidence due to the fact that she doesn't feel loved. This shows that having someone who that loves you in life will help you. Later in the novel, Lily does find women who love her and her story gets brighter.


Lily is the novel's narrator and protagonist. She is fourteen years old and is living with her father. Her fathers name is T.Ray Owens who is a peach farmer. August Boatwhite is an African American woman who welcomes Lily into her home. Zach Taylor is a very good friend of Lily who eventually becomes Lily's romantic interest. Rosaleen is Lily's care taker.

The setting of the story takes place in 1964. The story is in Sylvan and Tiburon South Carolina.

The Point of view is in first-person with Lily narrating. This is important because she is telling these experiences through her persepective. I would recomend this book because it has a very good lesson that love is very important. This story will make you realize how important family and friends are to have in your life.

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