The Secret Life of Bees is a fantastic book for young adult readers. The text is not too difficult, but has moral values that can, and should be shared.
The story revloves around a girl named Lily Owens, who runs away from her abusive father with her nanny. Lily is a determined young girl underneath her quiet and shy ways. Throughout the story, the author shows Lily breaking from her shell and finding herself, and her place in life. Lily matures into a young woman, and learns how to love. More importantly though, she learns how to let others love her without feeling guilt or shame.
Lily's nanny is Rosaleen Daise. She is a very outspoken black woman. Rosaleen had been there since just 6 months after Lily's mother tragically died. Rosaleen was Lily's first and only friend until the two began on their journey. Although Rosaleen is a tough, open-minded woman, she loves Lily very much and is a big part of why Lily becomes who she is by the end of the book.
Terrance Owens is Lily's abusive father. He once was deeply in love with Lily's mother, but since her death, Terrence is not the same man he once was. He is bitter, angry, and temperatmental. He takes all of his anger on the people around him; mainly Lily.
When Lily and Rosaleen run from home, they find a place owned by August Boatwright. August is a middle-aged black woman who takes in the two with open arms. She, along with her two sisters, May and June, run a bee-honey business. August is a warm and loving woman, and is very patient with Lily.
The books starts out witha flashback, to where Lily is a little girl. her mom and dad are fighting, and when the fight gets intense, Lily's mom grabs a gun from the top of her closet. Lily's mom accidentally drops the guns on the floor, and that's when Lily picks it up. The gun goes off, and Lily has to live with the grief that she killed her mom, even though it wasn't on purpose.
From that point, the author returns the story to...