i want to say that i loved this book. there are, indeed, many things to love about it. it's very well written in the stream of consciousness style that i enjoy. chris cleave takes a long time in developing the characters and it is easy to become involved with the main character, little bee, and her story. it's a novel that brings a cultural and social awareness. thumbs up for that. in the end, though, i felt like little bee's story stopped just as it was getting started. the conclusion was too abrupt for me. i also have hang ups about adultery and this one weaves this into the story line a little too lightly for my tastes. "little bee" is a good read, but not my favorite.