I don’t know, it just hit a soft spot. I loved it start to finish..
The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily. She lives with her father on a peach orchard. Her mother died when she was little and even though she was there when it happened, she only remembers fragments of that day. T-Ray (she never calls him daddy, because he’s not very daddy-like) is always mean to her and although Rosaleen, a coloured woman, takes care of her, all she really wants is her mother.
When Rosaleen goes into town to register to vote, Lily decides to go with her. A lot of the white people don’t agree with giving coloured people the right to vote and Rosaleen and Lily run into a group of the worst of them. Rosaleen stands up to them and they attack her. It really makes you see how twisted the society was back then because it’s Rosaleen and Lily who end up in jail.
T-Ray gets Lily out of jail but not Rosaleen, he even tells Lily that those racist guys will probably go find her and kill her. That same evening he tells Lily that her mother was leaving her the day she died, that she didn’t care about her at all. This makes Lily run away from T-Ray, free Rosaleen and start on an adventure that will change everything she knows.
Lily and Rosaleen end up with the three Boatwright sisters who take them in. Lily helps August out with the honey making, falls in love with a boy and learns what really happened to her mother.
The moment I started reading this book, I knew it was going to be really good. Before I knew it, I was halfway through.
It was Shannon (@cozyteareads) who recommended this book in one of her videos. I don’t know if I would have picked it up otherwise but I’m so happy that I did.
I feel like this book teaches you so many different things. Everyone can find some life lesson hidden between the pages.
I’m not a religious person but I felt the importance of the mother figure that’s the Black Mary. I felt the love that people can have for one another whether they are family or not. I understood the difficulties of being a mother and of depression.
Yes, I think it’s safe to say that I got a lot out of this book.
Also, it’s history.. which I love.
Things are a little bit better now than the way they were but we’ve still got a long way to go.
Let’s help racism out of this world, let’s be nice to one another, let’s be friends.
P.S. Picture from Pinterest