the secret life of bees

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  • LILY
  • “Someone who thinks death is the scariest thing doesn't know a thing about life.” 
  • T.RAY
  • "The truth is your mother ran off and left you.”
  • MAY
  • “It's your time to live, don't mess it up.” 
  • Lily is a 14-year-old girl that wants to know what happened to her mother. Her mother died when she was 4-years-old. She used to live with her father who wouldn't care about his daughter. Lily tries to find out how her mother really died.
  • AUGUST
  • "They call her our lady of chains because she broke them."
  • T.Ray is the father of Lily but is mean to her because of what happened to his wife. He doesn't care about Lily and he doesn't want to tell her about her mother. T.Ray is racist, but not as much as everyone else. He decides to tell Lily what happened to her mother and how she died. He wants to find where Lily ran way and where she is right now.
  • ZACH
  • “You gotta imagine what's never been.” 
  • May has three sisters, August, June, April Boatwright. One of the sisters killed herself because she couldn't live her being segregated. May is the youngest out of them two, August and June. May is autistic, she gets depressed real quick and she cares about everyone. May has a wall where she puts little pieces of paper where she writes her feelings.
  • JUNE
  • “But she’s white, August.”
  • August is the oldest out of June and May. August always knows what is best for her sisters. She likes helping others just like Lily and Rosaleen. She knew who was Deborah Ownes when she was small like Lily's age. She is the beekeeper and shows Lily how to do it like her. She sees life in black and white not like everyone else does. 
  • Zach is a young man that works hard to become a lawyer. He likes Lily because she is cute. He went to jail for not snitching out one of his friends that throw a bottle at a white man. He wants to be a lawyer when he grows up in future. He likes Lily and she likes him too. They both fell in love with each other.  
  • June is the second oldest out of August and May. She doesn't want to fall in love again because someone broke her heart once. She doesn't like Lily because she is white and doesn't like anyone that is white. She listens to her sister,  May to married Neil. She starts knowing Lily more and begins to like her as part of the family.
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