My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Norma and I were lost with the bees buzzing in the magical, heart and soul lush coulee with Jennifer reading Lost in the Beehive and we have some buzz for you.
Lost in the Beehive is a well-written and heartwarming magical coming of age love story. It’s a love story between friends, partners and love for yourself. It is written with heart and compassion making this a quiet, easy and touching story.
Michele Young-Stone does a fantastic job developing our main character here with Gloria as she strives for the courage and the freedom to be herself. Our hearts went out to her as she struggled with finding herself and accepting her past and realizing her future.
Michele Young-Stone brilliantly balances a magical realism here with Gloria’s journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance that added some emotional depth to the story for us. We could hear the buzz from the bees as they quietly talked to us and we could feel the magic and meaning they brought to this story.
We all loved the ending to this story and how it all came together leaving us feeling very satisfied lost in the coulee with this beautiful, memorable and peaceful story. We highly recommend joining the buzz of the bees and finding a nice quiet place to enjoy this story.
Published on April 10, 2018
Thank you, Edelweiss, Simon and Schuster and Michele Young-Stone for a copy to read and review.
A simply bee-utiful book that had me buzzing with excitement upon finishing to share my thoughts with you! This was some book!
LOST IN THE BEEHIVE by MICHELE YOUNG-STONE was an absolutely beautifully written coming of age/coming out story that touched my heart. It was an enjoyable, spellbinding, and touching story that was extremely hard for me to put down. I was quickly and completely drawn into this simply written, compassionate tale and the main characters in this book. I absolutely loved Gloria & Sheff.
MICHELE YOUNG-STONE delivers a magical story here that was well-written and I totally enjoyed following along with Gloria and her moving journey. I really enjoyed the magical realism & symbolism to this story with the bees and the fortuneteller. In the end it was brought together so wonderfully that I found it both touching and moving. The meaning behind this story definitely resonated with me and I thought it was absolutely brilliant! Highly recommend!
Thank you so much to Edelweiss, Simon and Schuster and Michele Young-Stone for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review!
I can’t wait to tell you about this book!
Gloria Ricci, main character and teenager, finds herself in an institute being “treated” for her feelings toward her best friend, Isabel. At the open of the book, Gloria is dropped off at the Belmont Institute by her seemingly loving parents. In the 1960s, many aspects of typical sexuality were more than taboo; they were incorrectly viewed as mental illness, and as a sign of the times, the Institute specializes in abhorrent conversion therapy.
While at Belmont, Gloria meets Sheff, a fellow patient, who becomes her dearest friend. Every friendship needs a sidekick like Sheff! Gloria and Sheff eventually run away and experience some escapades.
As Gloria moves through life, she is visited by bees, and she never understands their purpose until much later – foreshadowed at the beginning of the book and fully played out at the end.
Lost in the Beehive is a poignant exploration of what it means to feel different, and how with friendship you can overcome most any hardship. Gloria and Sheff were two unforgettable characters. This book deeply touched me, and I could not put it down. Simple in its writing, complex in its emotions, Lost in the Beehive is an enchanting and monumentally moving story.
Thank you to Michele Young-Stone, Simon Schuster, and Netgalley for the ARC. Lost in the Beehive will be available on April 10, 2018!