'Find out who you are, and live that life.'
Late in the night, fourteen-year-old Sam Watson steps onto a quiet overpass, climbs over the rail and looks down at the road far below.
At the other end of the same bridge, an old man, Vic, smokes his last cigarette.
The two see each other across the void. A fateful connection is made, and an unlikely friendship blooms. Slowly, we learn what led Sam and Vic to the bridge that night. Bonded by their suffering, each privately commits to the impossible task of saving the other.
Honeybee is a heartbreaking, life-affirming novel that throws us headlong into a world of petty thefts, extortion plots, botched bank robberies, daring dog rescues and one spectacular drag show.
At the heart of Honeybee is Sam: a solitary, resilient young person battling to navigate the world as their true self; ensnared by loyalty to a troubled mother, scarred by the volatility of a domineering stepfather, and confounded by the kindness of new alliances.
Honeybee is a tender, profoundly moving novel, brimming with vivid characters and luminous words. It's about two lives forever changed by a chance encounter -- one offering hope, the other redemption. It's about when to persevere, and when to be merciful, as Sam learns when to let go, and when to hold on.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Craig Silvey mastered the Australian coming-of-age story with his classic 2009 novel Jasper Jones, but Honeybee explores an altogether different (and equally powerful) initiation into adulthood. Told from the perspective of ungrounded 14-year-old Sam, who bonds with an accepting elderly man after they encounter each other during a shared low point, this is a gripping tale of identity and acceptance. Sam’s story reminds us how our lives are shaped as much by acute pain as by the comforting people that ultimately help us get through. Honeybee steadily builds out Sam’s troubling past, balancing neglect and misadventures with wincing laughs and even hope.
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So good, so real. So heartfelt. Love.
The best book I’ve read
Powerful and enlightening
Loved this book. First time in a long time that a book has kept me up until the wee hours to get it finished and first time in a long time a book has made me cry. It makes you appreciate what you have and recognise the hidden struggles (and achievements) of others. I highly recommend this book for all ages from teenagers through to more mature adults.