The Help by Kathryn Stockett

If you could only read one more book for the rest of the year – this is the book to read.  ~  Sheila

The HelpSynopsis

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.

My Thoughts:

I love a book that makes you feel, and that is exactly what I found in the pages of  The Help by Kathryn Stockett.  The book spoke out with the voices of the maids, “the help”, of Jackson Mississippi.  It is 1962 and I quickly found myself enjoying those voices as Aibileen speaks in words such as “Law, that child’s legs so spindly she done  look like she grow them last week.

From the white folk who either were upper class, or liked to pretend they were, to the maids filled with opinions that some like Aibileen keep to themselves and others like Minny(who by description is anything but Minny) who cant help but speak their mind and wind up being fired time and again.  Or Skeeter, a person who sees things that others do not… sees clearly right from wrong.  These characters are colorful, delightful, and I could easily picture the white women playing bridge as Aibileen waits on them hearing their conversations.

And this book did make me feel.  I felt anger over how some of the help was treated.  I laughed out loud when once again, Minny’s hot head got the best of her – and yet wept for her when she went home with uncertainties that she may be beat again by her husband.

I never like to give away too much of a book in the review yet I have to share this part with you.  Towards the end of the read there is a moment when Aibileen and Minny are discussing lines.  Those invisible lines that we draw in our minds.  That line that we dont cross when we think someone is better than us or if we feel they are beneath us.  I loved that.

I hope I can be a person who always lives without lines.  I can’t encourage you enough to pick this book up and read it.  I am forever changed by doing so.

This book was purchased by me from Amazon

I would rate this book PG

Stay tuned to read what the Word Shakers On LIne Book Club are saying about this book

13 thoughts on “The Help by Kathryn Stockett

  1. I so agree with the line you started your review with – this is an exceptional book. My book group read this last month & every one of us enjoyed it. It provided a lot of food for thought & a lot of fodder for discussion.

    Thanks ~ Cheryl

  2. The Help is one of those books that I couldn’t stop talking about. I recommended it to all my reader friends. My entire family has read and loved it! Also, I met Stockett at a book festival earlier this month and had my book signed!

  3. I truly enjoyed this novel. A friend pushed it on me and boy was I glad…there is just so much to read and only so much time. I probably would have waited a year for the paperback, but am happy to say I will be supporting the publishing world for Christmas and buying a copy for either mil/sil! (or maybe both! :))

  4. I went out and bought this book when you mentioned it as your first online book club read. It’s been sitting on my shelf for a while. When I realized I wasn’t going to get around to reading it any time soon, I decided to loan it to my mother. She’s currently working on it. I’ll let you know what she thinks. Hearing such a great review from you, I’m wishing that i had hung on to it so I could MAKE the time to read it.

  5. Hi Sheila,

    I love, love your review of THE HELP. I wanted to read it. Now, I want to read it more than ever. It’s a wonderful review. I am going to put it with my book recommendations.

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