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The Death of Bees by Lisa O'Donnell
The Death of Bees

AppleMama, March 1, 2013

Hmmm... Is Nelly not Marnie's alternate personality? "Born" when Marnie was 3 years old, due to the substantial trauma this child had suffered? No one ever sees Nelly coming, and newcomers are always caught off guard when she makes appearances... I read the whole novel thinking of her in this way, and it totally makes sense.

"When Nelly's reading, nothing exists, not even me, I like not existing, even for an hour."

"Kimbo asked me if Nelly was a schizophrenic, I said she isn't, because she's not. She doesn't hear voices or anything, she's just not like other people and can't fake it, which is more than can be said about me. I've been faking it my whole life."

"I am glad the girls have one another, it's a lonely journey otherwise and so I leave them with their secrets and the things they share. It bonds them and keeps them strong. It is important to stay strong, it ties you to life and forces you to walk on..."

"He doesn't say anything for a minute, like everyone else who meets Nelly for the first time, he's stunned and silent. Absorbing, not comprehending."

"He is obviously interested in the girls, though he certainly wasn't prepared for Nelly..."

"The trip up was nice, we had a cool car and I got to drown out Nelly with my headphones, although she didn't have too much to say for herself for a change."

"I never even noticed her, but then that's how Nelly is. Quiet on her feet. Floating."

This psychological aspect made the story interesting, without it I would consider it mediocre at best.
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