Friday, March 5, 2010

Little Bee by Chris Cleave~★★★★

Author: Chris Cleave
Little Bee
Release Date:
February 10th, 2009
Simon and Schuster

Book Jacket: "We don't want to tell you what happens in this book. It is truly a special story and we don't want to spoil it. Nevertheless, you need to know enough to buy it, so we will just say this: This is the story of two women. Their lives collide one fateful day, and one of them has to make a terrible choice, the kind of choice we hope you never have to face. Two years later, they meet again---the story starts there...
Once you have read it, you'll want to tell your friends about it. When you do, please don't tell them what happens. The magic is in how the story unfolds."

Taryn's Review: Even though I found the introductory blurb rather annoying, this story was good. I always enjoy a book that isn't typical: the kind of book where you don't know what's unfolding before your eyes.

Little Bee's voice was the best writing in the book. The young woman had witnessed so much in her short sixteen years and she had suffered in so many ways. I really enjoyed the chapters written by her (Cleave did such a good job developing Little Bee) and loved when I started a new chapter to see it was told by Little Bee.

I wasn't nearly as impressed with Sarah or her story. It just didn't grab me in a way that made me want to know more. Perhaps it was the mere fact that after reading Little Bee's story, Sarah's was so...created. Little Bee had no choice in what was happening to her. She escaped one horror, only to be cast into another horror against her will. Sarah made most of the choices that she felt made her sad. She ignored many of choices, like her husband, Andrew. And she distracted herself with Lawrence and, ugh, don't get me started on Lawrence. How could Sarah see anything in him?

I wasn't crazy about the end, but overall, the story of Little Bee was fantastic. It's gritty and hard to read because of the horror that had occurred, but worth it. Sarah, Charlie, Andrew, and Lawrence are merely background noise to me in this read, and the real joy was Little Bee.

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