book review

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Synopsis: Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women–mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends–view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don’t.

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I’m a bit late to the party on this one. I did watch the movie when it first came out. I’ve forgotten a lot since then, thankfully.

The Help is beautifully written, thought-provoking, sad, hilarious, and just down right heartbreakingly painful.

I was sucked into the book by the first chapter! I honestly can’t name very many books that have done that. I liked the book quite a bit, but at the same time I couldn’t get myself to pick it up read it for some reason. I read half of the book in February, then I didn’t pick it up again until yesterday (March 13). I wanted to finish the book before the movie adaption gets off of the free section of On Demand, so I ended up listening to the audiobook for the second half. I highly recommend the audiobook, but I found Skeeter’s voice actress a little young and annoying sounding.

I liked every single main character, but Minny was definitely my favorite!

The reason this got four stars instead of five is because things ended too abruptly. I know this wasn’t going to have a warm and fuzzy happy ending for every character, but I want to know what happened with Skeeter, Aibileen, Minny, and Miss Celia. 😦

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