I feel like this was a great book to start out with. I loved the story and the character development. If there was one theme that I would pick out from this book would be the need to love and be loved. I love that August taught Lily how to show love. Who knew that you could learn how to love by taking care of bees, and who knew that you could come to love bees?
A couple of my favorite parts of the book are:
Playing in the sprinklers, that's where June was finally able to let down her guard with Lily. (something special happens through recreational activities)
When all the sisters are in the kitchen together dancing, singing, and cooking while getting ready for "Mary Day"
I really grew to love May's character. I almost cried when she died but I love that in the note she wrote "it's your time to live, don't mess it up"
You know times have really changed since the Civil Rights movement. We were talking about it the other day at the dinner table and my little sister didn't even know what a negro was. I can't imagine treating people like that. Especially, to the point where people have such hate for people who look different than them. I love the fact that August was willing to let Lily and Rosalee stay, and just loved them. I hope I can have the chance to help someone like that some day.