A few months ago, I bought Little Bee by Chris Cleave, but it took me a while to sit down and finally crack it open. Over Memorial Day weekend, while lounging on the beach, I finally dug in… and, five hours later, I had to peel myself out of my beach chair and head home because I was starting to get sunburned. It was that captivating.
Little Bee is a Nigerian runaway exploring a new world and trying to connect with the only two people she knows in a foreign country. I don’t want to give anything away because I really enjoyed that each detail of the story was a complete surprise to me, so I will just say a few things to help you decide if this is a book you’d like to read:
1. It is, by no means, a “feel good” story… BUT, it is beautifully written. The imagery and descriptions pulled me in immediately, and I don’t think I’ll soon forget a single detail of Little Bee’s life and journey.
2. The character development and clear, distinct voices make you feel really connected to the two main narrators.
3. I literally couldn’t put it down and I read it in 3 sittings. I’ve been in sort of a reading slump lately, so it was nice to feel really invested in this story.
Have you read Little Bee? What’s on your summer reading list this year?