Sunday, April 17, 2011

Book Review: Little Bee by Chris Cleave

Little Bee by Chris Cleave
Published: Simon & Schuster, 2009
Borrowed from co-worker
Challenge: Twenty Eleven Challenge
Paperback, 266 pages

Taken from Amazon:
The publishers of Chris Cleave's new novel "don't want to spoil" the story by revealing too much about it, and there's good reason not to tell too much about the plot's pivot point. All you should know going in to Little Bee is that what happens on the beach is brutal, and that it braids the fates of a 16-year-old Nigerian orphan (who calls herself Little Bee) and a well-off British couple--journalists trying to repair their strained marriage with a free holiday--who should have stayed behind their resort's walls.

As soon as you start this book, you meet Little Bee and you know you're going to love her. The first few pages are actually quite brilliant. This book was beautifully written, with so many quotes that I just loved. The story was truly heartbreaking and the characters are memorable. Wth that said, I'm not sure why I'm sort of middle of the road on this one.

Before I got to the (seemingly rushed) ending, around page 150 or so, I would've given this book a perfect rating. But as the characters developed more and the story rolled on, I wasn't as convinced that this book was flawless. One of the most interesting characters only lasts a couple chapters and I find myself wishing that that character remained in the story longer. I had issues feeling for the other MC Sarah, and I really loved Little Bee and would've preferred for it to be her story and her story alone.

I think this book could've been shorter, or the events that transpired could've been spread out a little more. The event that occured on the beach to make the 2 women's paths cross, was absolutely terrifying. I wish that we would've found all that stuff out later in the book. Once I knew what the huge secret was, I felt that like the story was over.

All in all, I give Little Bee a 3 out of 4 stars. This is a heavy, heavy story that you might want to read in the dead of Winter or any time if you like that sort of thing. Recommended for fans of Adult fiction, intense drama and 

1 comment:

  1. Hi Lah! Nice review. I'm so glad to have discovered your blog! You read a wide variety of books and that's really cool. you know, not just YA. Lol. Ooohh.The Strain really looks good! So many books, so little time. Thanks so much for your time, you know, leaving comments on my blog. I appreciate it more that you"ll ever know...

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