The Bean Trees, Barbara Kingsolver

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  1. Michelle S. Says:

    Summary: Marietta leaves Kentucky. She buys a car and drives away. When she gets to Illinois, her car runs out of gas. She ends up in Taylorville, when she gets to Taylorville, she changes her name to Taylor. Then when Taylor gets to Oklahoma her car breaks down in the Cherokee Nation. So then Taylor goes to a restaurant to get food and, when she’s leaving, a lady asks Taylor to take care of this kid. Taylor thinks the kid has been abused because the kid kept holding onto Taylor’s clothes. Taylor names the child Turtle and later renames the child April. Taylor and Turtle head to Arizona, and then Taylor has more car troubles. Because of the car trouble, she goes to this tire shop when Taylor gets hired. After Taylor gets hired, she learns that the tire shop is also a shelter for refugees…

    Evaluation: I liked the book. I liked the physical book too. I liked the size and font. The size and font made it easy to read and easy to carry around. But I also liked what happened in the book, I like how dedicated Taylor was to Turtle. A lot of people Taylor’s age would have just left Turtle at the resturant, but Taylor didn’t. Taylor loved Turtle as if Turtle was her own daughter, and that shows a lot for Taylor’s character. It shows that Taylor thinks of others before herself. A lot of people would also leave a child like that if they have signs of abuse, because a lot of people don’t want to have to deal with any trama that the child might have, but Taylor didn’t just leave Turtle there, she kept her and learned to love her. I think the book is kinda sappy but sweet.

    Rating: 3.5 stars

    Recommendations: The Wedding Girl, Three Cups of Tea, The Secret Life of Bees, A Corner of the Universe

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