Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Published: January 1st 2009
Pages: 443
Format: Kindle E-book
Stars: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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.

I've heard such amazing things about The Help and when I received it as a gift on my Kindle, I was so excited to read it.

The Help follows the stories of three woman that are totally different from one another but all want the same thing, change. As I was reading it, I was amazed by how beautiful the writing was and how strong the characters were. I totally felt myself in the middle of the story watching all the women's lives play out. For a book written not that long ago, I fully believe that this will become the next To Kill a Mockingbird. It was just that powerful and I can't wait to see the movie.

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