The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Details: Hardcover, 451 pages
Published: February 10th 2009 by Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam
Source: I borrowed it.
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My Rating: 3 stars
Summary: 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.
Review: I honestly have no idea what I can say about this book. It is so good, and worth five stars, but for some reason I only liked it enough to give it three.
I have been in and out of reading slumps for a while now and I was in one when I started reading The Help. I had been wanting to read it for some time and my Mom let me borrow her copy. It has brought me out of the reading slump I was in. I couldn’t put it down and now all I want to do is read.
I wish I knew why I’m only giving it the three stars, when it probably deserves the five. I enjoyed everything about this book and I didn’t have one single complaint.
Have you read The Help? Did you feel the same about it? If you haven’t read it yet, you should pick it up. It really is a great read.