Monday, March 12, 2012

The Help [Review]

The Help

522 pages [Paperback]
Published 3 January 2011

Aibileen is a black maid in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, who's always taken orders quietly, but lately she's unable to hold her bitterness back. Her friend Minny has never held her tongue but now must somehow keep secrets about her employer that leave her speechless. White socialite Skeeter just graduated college. She's full of ambition, but without a husband, she's considered a failure. Together, these seemingly different women join together to write a tell-all book about work as a black maid in the South, that could forever alter their destinies and the life of a small town..

My Thoughts:
I honestly could not read this book fast enough. I was worried when I heard mixed reviews of it. I was worried that I wouldn't like it. Then I started to read it. It mentioned "To Kill a Mockingbird" several times in it and I think "The Help" ranks right up there with it, as a classic, a book I will reread over and over again.

The characters were incredible. Stockett went all out to create them - to make them grow throughout the book. I think I identified most with Skeeter, but I couldn't really pick a favorite between the 3 POV - Skeeter, Abileen, and Minny. I loved Skeeter's naivety and determination. I loved Abileen's cautiousness and unconditional love. I loved Minny's smart ass mouth. They are all very strong women in their own ways.

I connected with this book in a way that I haven't connected with a book in a while. There were many times I laughed out loud and quite a few where I nearly bawled my eyes out.

I really really recommend this book to everyone!

Previous Review:
On the Bright Side, I'm Now the GF of a Sex God by Louise Rennison {here}

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Melissa said...

I absolutely LOVED the book & couldn't wait to see the movie. However, I just couldn't get into the movie. I was actually bored with it & didn't even watch the ending. I'm not sure why...the movie had rave reviews & won so many awards. But I definitely preferred the book! 5 stars as well :)

Amber M. said...

I liked the movie ok but nothing like I loved the book!

Ashley said...

My goodness, I looooooved this book!

Wiz said...

I listed this as the best book that I read last year. Loved it!

Lacey said...

This book is one of my favorites! SO good!!

Heather said...

I absolutely loved this book!