5.12.2011

The Help

Hello everyone!  If you'll recall, I began reading The Help over Easter break.  I finished the book last Monday, but in the whirlwind of final exams, I did not have time to write a review that would do this book justice.  I still don't feel like I have expressed just how good this book is, but I did my best!


The Help tells about life in a Mississippi town in the era of Jim Crow laws during the 1960s.  It is told from the perspective of three women:  Aibileen, Minnie, and Skeeter.

Aibileen is an older black woman that has served multiple white families during her life, raising their children.  She has an innate wisdom and my favorite quote from the book is about her:  “That’s what I love about Aibileen, she can take the most complicated things in life and wrap them up so small and simple, they’ll fit right in your pocket.”

Minnie is one of Aibileen's best friends and is a strong-willed black woman.  She has been fired from more than 18 jobs.  She eventually is hired by Celia Foote, an eccentric woman that is not accepted by the other ladies in town.

Finally, Skeeter is a young 24 year old white woman in the Junior League.  Skeeter is an aspiring writer and is growing more and more disconcerted with the overt racism in her town.

These three women come together when Skeeter decides to write a book telling the lives' of black maids, or "The Help" in the Deep South through their own eyes.  They embark on a dangerous, but meaningful journey together that will change each of their lives.

Stockett

What I love about The Help is that Stockett writes in such a way that really gets you into the mind of each of her characters.  Through their trials and challenges, you too will grow as a person.

Additionally, a few people have asked me about the dialect when reading.  Stockett does write using African-American dialect, which can be a bit tough when first reading, however, if you stick with it and really try and imagine the voices in your head as you read, it becomes a breeze to get through and a book you will not want to put down!

I can't wait for the movie to come out this summer!


Have you read The Help?  If so, what did you think?

If you haven't, run to your local library or bookstore and get it NOW!

As a side note, LCR at Outside Voice is doing a monthly Photo Share Link-Up on her blog and asked me to join in.  This month's theme is "Trees" so below are some pictures I took at one of my favorite Richmond spots, Maymont, a few summers ago!  Be sure to go check out the other entries!


Have a great day y'all...and remember, tomorrow's FRIDAY!!

49 comments:

  1. The title caught my attention...because this is one of my favorite all time books, so much so that I read it not once but twice. CANNOT wait till the movie comes out, I will go the first day! I just hope it doesnt disappoint! What a wonderful story and because my roots are southern so much of the story resonated with me personally. Loved it...a real classic and sure to become one as the years march on.

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  2. I loved the help!! It took me a little to get into it, but once I did...I couldn't put it down! I also cannot wait for the movie to come out this summer! I hope its true to the book, but I know it won't be as good as the book (what movie ever is? lol)

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  3. You did such a good job summarizing The Help. If anyone thinks they'd have a problem reading the dialect, I strongly recommend getting the audiobook. It is AMAZING and each character comes to life!

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  4. Great review! I am excited for the movie to come out too!

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  6. My book club read The Help this month. I love it, I could not out it down. I hope the movie is as good as the book, we will see in August!

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  7. I've actually had this book sitting in my cabinet above my work desk for a/b a year now. I guess I should read it...great post!

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  8. I've heard of this book for a while and keep meaning to pick it up. Great photos!

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  9. Oh My! I just finished it on Monday. LOVED IT! It's one of those books that you can't wait to get to the next page, but then you're disappointed when it's over because there's no more story. I cried at the end. The movie should be fabulous. Back to my Dotty Frank now.

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  10. YAY, can't wait to get it. I have it sitting in my shopping cart at B&N. Guess I need to wrap that purchase up soon before I have to sell a kidney yo pay that bill....I keep adding to it :) and adding to it.....ha!

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  11. I wanted to keep reading when I finished...it was so dang good!!!!!

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  12. I loved that one too! Sequel???

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  13. I've been wanting to check this out ever since I seen the trailer for it. Your review makes me want to read it even more.

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  14. Yay! It's back! Do you know who the actress is playing in the movie?

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  15. I love The Help and am counting down the days until it comes out! Fabulous book! XO

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  16. I'm so excited to read this book now that you said you really liked it!

    xoxo.

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  17. That is a movie I will certainly see....

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  18. I really enjoyed reading The Help in the I-can't-put-it-down kind of way, seriously good. Somehow I missed the memo on the movie but now I'm super excited! Thanks for letting me know.

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  19. I definitely just downloaded this on my nook and am SO SO excited to start reading it! I'm so glad you liked it :)

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  20. I've been thinking about reading this for some time and you've persuaded me to put it next on my list!

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