Book Review: The Help by Kathryn Stockett


Title: The Help
By:Kathryn Stockett
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 451
Release Date: February 10th, 2009
Publisher: Amy Einhorn Books
Rating: ★★★★☆

Summary from Goodreads:

Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step.

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.
(jacket flap)


Review:

This book was a wonderfully fun story, that made me laugh and cry. There was so much history and truth within the words. A country that hadn't learned the word equality yet and a group of braze women who put their livelihoods on the line to bring light to how the privileged white women treated their maids. Did they get what was coming to them? You will have to read the book to find out.

2 comments:

  1. Didn't read the book. The movie was great!!
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