Beholding Bee by Kimberly Newton Fusco
Available: Now! Audiobook out Feb. 12th
Publisher: Random House Audio and Listening Library
Read by: Ariadne Meyers
Source: Random House Audio
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Background: Bee is a young girl who works for a traveling show. Her parent died when she was about 4 about she has since lived with the show and a teenager named Pauline. Bee is not your normal girl, she is special. she has a diamond on her face, a birthmark. She hates people staring but sometimes they cannot help it.
Review: This was a story about self-discovery, growth, and acceptance. Beatrice, Bee for short, does not know how to deal with how her appearance is taken by others, so she has turned inward. The book is her struggle through this time of bullies, not just children her age, but adults too and how to stand up to them. Bee must learn that independence and strength is all she needs to succeed and become a better person.
I loved this book, I did not want to get out the car (where I listen to my audiobooks). The storytelling was wonderful, from Bee's point of view, it was a combination of frustration, sadness, happiness, and stubbornness all rolled into one package, Bee.
The author uses some fantasy, some history, and some playful takes on coping that were expressed well.
The one issue that I had, was that I felt like a few things were left unresolved in the end. Bee is able to complete her journey, but in the process some loose ends were not cleared up.
I would recommend this book to anyone, Middle Grade readers and adults and teens who like contemporary reading. It was very nice
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