Review: The Help


Impactful, well written, a must read
I have wanted to read The Help since first seeing it at BN earlier this year. Book clubs are reading it, everyone is talking about it this summer.

Kathryn Stockett was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. After graduating from the University of Alabama with a degree in English and Creative Writing, she moved to New York City where she worked in magazine publishing and marketing for nine years. She currently lives in Atlanta with her husband and daughter. The Help is her first novel. (Source: Author website)

Quick Take: I ‘bought’ this book using one of my free credits at aubible.com and really enjoyed listening to the voices tell this story. I listened while running, walking, working, yard work etc..

This is the story of two black maids and Skeeter, who live in the south in the early 60's. Skeeter, a recent college graduate, returns home and after hearing stories she decides to submit a story to a publishing company. The book follows life in the south, high society, family illness, the black/white divide and is a coming of age story.

I found myself cheering for these women and couldn’t wait to hear the end of the story.

Click here to read an Author Q&A

Synopsis:
Be prepared to meet three unforgettable women:

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.

6 comments

  1. I wasn't sure about this one when I first saw it but I've read nothing but good reviews since from a wide variety of people. Guess I'd better add it to the TBR list!

    Lisa

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  2. I agree with you - I passed this by several times and only decided to read it as an audible download.

    I'm so glad I read this book. It's been sitting with me weeks after finishing.

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  3. I listened to the audicbook of this and it was AMAZING!!! I completely agree with your review.

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  4. I've got this scheduled for a book club, but not until November! I keep hearing such good things about it, and particularly about the audiobook, so I'm really looking forward to it.

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  5. Laura, Good choice for book club. I listened to the audible version and do recommend it.

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  6. I finally got my review up here:
    http://litandlife.blogspot.com/2009/09/help.html and linked back to your review.

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