Sooner or later, you're going to lose. Only one person wins the National Spelling Bee each year, so an elementary understanding of the odds means it almost certainly won't be you.
The only question is when you fail, and why.
Many of the vignettes in this story seem so plausible that one wonders if they were plucked directly from your childhood. If they are, I'm impressed you've shared them. If they're not, you're a master of story.
By the way, I just lost an hour to this so far. I am particularly enjoying the representation and warmth of family life even as part of me is screaming for her to escape.
Simply magnificent. This moment of crushing authenticity stands out even in a story constructed of such things. Our protagonist's character tied up in her family's and the world's.
Bee has 57,000 words in 91 scenes. The book has been read 430,000 times, and has been awarded 4½ stars from 4,500 ratings. It was last updated on June 8, 2013 at 9:21 a.m. GMT