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Kissing the Bee | [Kathe Koja]

Kissing the Bee

High-school senior Dana discovers that three can mean trouble when she has to face some facts: not only is she in love with her long-time best friend's boyfriend, but he returns the feelings.
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Publisher's Summary

About to graduate from high school, quivering on the edge of adulthood, Dana, Avra, and Emil are locked in an intricate dance of commitment, desire, and promises. Dana, investigating the enigmatic world of bees, is ready to pursue her education as a science writer. Avra is longing to bolt for freedom. And Emil... well, Emil is keeping his own counsel.

No one doubts that Avra is the queen of this tiny hive. But queens can be demanding, and when royalty oversteps its bounds, a revolution may occur. For when the lines of love and loyalty cross, they make a point as sharp as a sting.

©2007 Kathe Koja; (P)2008 Full Cast Audio

What the Critics Say

"Her understated, tightly focused language evokes vivid scenes and heady emotions...each line of dialogue, each interaction illuminating struggles that readers face as well." (Publisher's Weekly)
"A short but rich psychological exploration of the intense complexities of frienship and love in a teen world." (School Library Journal)

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    Arwen BOISE, ID, United States 04-29-11
    Arwen BOISE, ID, United States 04-29-11 Member Since 2009

    I am a book junkie...I read and enjoy a variety of stories, so please don't "define me" by one book or review! :)

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    "Somewhat-hidden treasure!"

    This is a surprisingly sweet, touching story that packs a lot of thoughtfulness and heart into it's short length. Although it features teens and is YA, it delivers a decidedly mature, artistic feeling. The writing style and "mood" are along the lines of Gayle Forman ("If I Stay", "Where She Went"). I found it an engrossing, satisfying story about a girl caught in the middle between her obtuse (oblivious) best friend and that friend's thoughtful, appealing boyfriend who is definitely not oblivious to the heart and charm that this unsung best friend possesses. The effort of the full-cast audio production for this short story really bring the characters to life and make it worth the listen!

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