Monday, September 5, 2011

The Help

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Release Date: February 10, 2009
Publisher: Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam
Pages: Hardcover (451pgs)
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Adult Fiction
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Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Description: 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.

Review: I love going to the movies, and when books are turned into movies, I am the type of person that needs to read the book first. I have seen this book countless of times in the store, but I never picked it up because it just didn't seem interesting. I saw the trailer for the movie, and I just had to read this book. Also, many of my friends said I need to read it. I am so glad I did. This book was amazing. It had me crying, laughing, and in goosebumps the whole time reading it. There was not one dull moment in this book, and I just couldnt put it down. 

All the characters in this book were amazing.The wholesomeness of Aibileen, the sassy mouth on Minny, and the general concern Skeeter had for the help. This book brings to light the way things were in the 60's when segregation was a big part of day to day life. Even though it did sugar coat the reality of what African Americans had to deal with on a day to day basis, it still gave me goosebumps reading about it. 

I would recommend this book to everyone. If you want a good laugh, cry, or a very cute love story, I highly recommend The Help. 

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