Little Bee, Chris Cleave

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  1. bachbooks Says:

    Leah V.

    Summary: Chris Cleave’s Little Bee is the story of how a young woman escapes from her dangerous home country of Nigeria, and goes to England. Once Little Bee is free from the detention center for illegal immigrants in England, she goes to find a British couple, Sarah and Andrew, she met on a Nigerian beach. Sarah and Andrew took a trip to Nigeria a few years before the story starts, not realizing how the oil wars would affect their safety there. Little Bee and her sister are being chased by soldiers when they run into Sarah and Andrew, and Sarah cuts off her finger to keep the soldiers from murdering Little Bee and her sister. Little Bee of course remembers Sarah and Andrew and sets off to find them in England. When she arrives, Little Bee finds that Andrew was severely depressed and he commits suicide shortly after he sees Little Bee. The story really beings at this point; when Little Bee moves in with Sarah and her son, Charlie. The story is really about Sarah and Little Bee’s relationship.

    Evaluation: I enjoyed this book for a couple of reasons. First, I thought the part of the story taking place in Nigeria and in the British detention center were really interesting. I wasn’t sure if the story was written to reflect a true story so I was curious if event s like that really happen. I researched it, and, although this story is fiction, it is supposedly based on facts, so something similar could and probably has happened. Another reason I liked this book is because it is short enough that it keeps the reader interested but it also doesn’t leave anything out. The reading level is relatively easy, as well, which was nice because the topic was a heavy one.

    Rating: 5/5

    Recommendations: Cutting for Stone, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight

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