Review: Little Bee

14 Nov

Little BeeLittle Bee by Chris Cleave
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I wanted to like this book, I really did…it seemed to have so much promise. The story of a Nigerian refugee who ends up in England and at the house of the woman who saved her life by giving up her finger a few years previously and yet, it just didn’t live up to the hype.

I initially picked it up as part of a challenge where we had to read a book from 1 of three lists…individuals had voted on what book they would like to read and this was one of three that could be chosen from – the others being Mockingjay and The Passage. Since I hadn’t read the previous books to Mockingjay I couldn’t read it and the Passage just didn’t interest me, so I kept plugging away through this one.

The alternating perspectives of Little Bee and Sarah was interesting. Little Bee’s were enjoyable, but Sarah’s just seemed dull and pointless. Personally, I think the book would have been better if written entirely from Little Bee’s perspectives. There were so many things that the author seemed to throw into the story (although I won’t mention them here becaues they are spoilers), but it was like huh? and then the book just ended, you never really knew what happened to Little Bee, to Sarah, to Batman (Sarah’s son)…really, the only person who got their ending was Andrew, Sarah’s husband, early on in the book.

I’m sure there are people out there who like this book, but unfortunately, it just wasn’t for me.

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Posted by on November 14, 2010 in Book Review


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