Book Title: The Help

Author: Kathryn Stockett

Publisher: G.P Putnam’s Sons

Number of pages: 444 Hardcover edition

Genre: Fiction, Drama


What’s it about: (overview):

It says it so beautifully on the inside cover so I’m going to quote it from there:

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 new 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.


Notes and opinions:

I really loved this book!!!! The characters were my favorite part, they were so complex, detailed, interesting, and really came alive. I felt a deep connection with Skeeter and Aibileen in particular. Their lives were so intriguing  I couldn’t put this book down. Usually you can’t put a book down because the action or love story or etc… but this was different. I fell in love with the life story, the people…they felt like family or dear friends to the point I had to know what happened to them. Aibileen is such a wonderful, loving woman who deserves such a better life than she had. What I did appreciate is that she was able to move on from that in the end. Skeeter and I have a lot in common, we both want to be a writer and are pursuing that. I don’t have my parents against me but I do have age as a roadblock. She broke out of the box that people had put her in. What really shocks me is it’s Kathryn’s first novel.


Rate on a scale of 1-10:

Quality of writing: 9

Pace: 8

Plot development: 9

Characters: 10

Enjoyability: 9

Insightfulness: 9

Ease of reading: 8

Photos/illustrations: N/A

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


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