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Little Bee by Chris Cleave
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Feb 05, 11

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Read in February, 2011

Wow, I don’t quite know how to go about reviewing this book as the publishers don’t want to give away any of the story. There isn’t even a synopsis of the novel on the book cover or inside the book!! So...I suppose I’ll say that I was completely pulled into the story by ‘Little Bee’, a sixteen-year-old ‘orphan’ from Nigeria. Little Bee is one of two narrators, the other being Sarah who lives in England and is helping Little Bee.

I found the voices of Little Bee and Sarah captivating and couldn’t see my way clear to even put the novel down until it was done. Now, I wish I hadn’t read so quickly as I want to go back now and hear their voices again.

This was a wonderful story that was inspirational yet heartbreaking. You will come to deeply appreciate what we have in this country after reading Little Bee. You’ll no longer take for granted the choices and decisions that you get to make of your own free will each day. Or, just enjoying the simple pleasures of every day life.

Little Bee will open your eyes in ways you hadn’t thought possible. Kudos to Mr. Cleave for his ingenious ability to pen a novel that digs deep into your psyche without you even realizing that it’s happening. A book for everyone!

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