The Bean Trees Book Summary and Study Guide

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Taylor has been determined since she was a child to not end up like many of the girls in her home town - a pregnant teenager with a non-existent husband. So as soon as she finishes high school, she sets off in search of a new, more fulfilling life. It just so happens that on her trip to wherever it is she will end up, she is given an indian child whose parents have died. Not knowing what to do, she decides to keep the baby until she can figure out what to do with her. She soon becomes attached to the girl, and struggles to build a life for the two of them. This is the story of a girl who is forced to grow up, learn to be a mother, and find herself during the process.
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The review of this Book prepared by Jessica Clare Crudele

Taylor Greer is a young lady who grew up poor in rural Kentucky with the goals of getting out on her own, and avoiding pregnancy. However, when she heads west with high hopes and a car that hardly works, she meets the human condition head-on. By the time Taylor reaches Tucson, Arizona, she has acquired a totally unexpected child. The little girl is a three-year-old American Indian named Turtle. It is then that Taylor must come to terms with instant motherhood and the necessity of putting down roots. This is truly a story about love and friendship, and abandonment and belonging as well.
The review of this Book prepared by Boppy

Taylor (Missy) gets handed a child to take care of when she never wanted one. She learns to love this child and care about more people.
The review of this Book prepared by Shannon

Taylor, the main character, starts out on her own when she is 18-years-old. As she's finding herself in this new world, a woman gives her a child and Taylor does what she thinks is best.
The review of this Book prepared by Eminine B Jean

This is a wonderful book, and it is difficult to do it total justice in my review. I think its definitely a woman/girl's kind of book, and is good for any mature teen girl or adult female. The story is about one girl's journey to 'get away' from her home in Kentucky and drive her ramshackle little vehicle as far from home as possible. A beautiful and vivid commentary on life, it has an underlying spirit which betrays (among other themes) the theme of: 'It is the journey and not the destination, that matters.'
The review of this Book prepared by Lilly

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Pregnancy/Child rearing    -   Yes Major part of story:    -   general child raising

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West    -   Midwest

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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