Saturday, November 27, 2010

Little Bee by Chris Cleave

"We must see all scars as beauty.  A scar doesn't form on the dying.  A scar means, I survived."
~Little Bee

The back of the book reads:

We don't want to tell you what happens in this book.
It is a truly 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 meed again - and 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.

So....What do you say about that?
I admit that I didn't like the book when I started it.  But my sister-in-law was adamant that I read the book because she loved it.  I would have put the book down if she wouldn't have been so insistent and the fact that I can't not finish a book once I've started it.  My ONE fatal flaw I suppose...

But then I absolutely needed to know how the story was going to end.  And I read 2/3 of the book in one day.

So.  Should you read it?  YES.  Will you like it? Maybe.  It will leave you thinking for sure.  Last night I would have told you no, I didn't like it.  But after sleeping on it, I think I'm changing my mind.

So what's the story?  It's the story of a person who throws one washed up starfish back into the ocean.  Does that make a difference in the world?  It does to THAT starfish.

1 comment:

  1. loved this book, especially the events leading up to the two women meeting again...the character of the little boy... it was a wonderful story. you're right - it leaves you thinking...



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