The Help - Book Review

5 years ago

The Help
I wanted to share with you all a review of the latest book I read which is The Help, by Kathryn Stockett.
Many of you may have heard about it because of the movie starring Emma Stone.
I watched the movie and it was great: they did a really good job interpreting the story. But I feel the book isnt getting the attention it should, and I liked the book before I ever saw the movie.

The book is written in the voices of 3 different people: Skeeter (Emma Stone`s character), and two black maids: Aibileen and Minny. The book is set in Jackson, Mississippi during the 1960s, where racial segregation was still prominent.

Skeeter is a 20-something white woman who was raised by her maid, Constantine. Skeeter was one of the few of her friends who went to college, and was actually able to graduate. Most others her age chose to drop out and get married instead.

It seems as though her time in college adjusted her views on life, as she returns to her home in Jackson and suddenly feels like she no longer fits in with her group of friends. Her friends have gotten married, and had children and hired black maids, who they treat very poorly.

Skeeter, who wants to be a journalist or a writer, decides to write a book about black maids working for white women, and wants to write the book from the perspective of the maids.

Though this topic is very taboo, Skeeter convinces a few of the maids in her town to share their stories and experiences starting with Aibileen, who works for her friend, Elizabeth, and Minny, who was just fired by Skeeters best friend, Hilly.

I thought the book was extremely well written, and I loved how the story progressed.
I am a fan of books that seem to read almost like a diary, and this book is written in that sort of style. At the same time, it switches between the 3 main characters, which allows you to get inside the head of each of these women.
It also has its funny moments, as well as moments that make you realize how unfair life used to be for African Americans just a handful of decades ago.

I totally suggest this book. It is a great read, with a great message.

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