Thursday, December 29, 2011

And January's pick is.....

Little Bee by Chris Cleave


Lauri said...

I didn't like this book mainly because I didn't like the ending. I also didn't like any of the characters except Little Bee and of course Batman. Who doesn't like Batman? I did want to know Little Bee's story, which kept me reading, I was just hoping for a better conclusion.
I felt the author set you up on the book jacket for an amazing ending that you wouldn't want to read early or tell anyone about, and then didn't really deliver this amazing ending. It was full of one liners that I did like.

Quotes I did like:
"A sad story means, this storyteller is alive" p.9

"It isn't the dead we cry for. We cry for ourselves." p.96

"We cannot choose where to start and stop. Our stories are the tellers of us." p.131

Jen said...

I feel like the sum of this book's message can be summed up in this quote found on p.9:

"On the girl's brown legs there were many small white scars. I was thinking, Do those scars cover the whole of you, like the stars and the moons on your dress? I thought that would be pretty too, and I ask you right here please to agree with me that a scar is never ugly. That is what the scar makers want us to think. But you and I, we must make an agreement to defy them. We must see all scars as beauty. Okay? This will be our secret. Because take it from me, a scar does not form on the dying. A scar means, I survived."

I have yet to meet someone without scars, but it's those that learn and grow from them that I admire.