The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The Help

By Kathryn Stockett

  • Release Date: 2009-02-10
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
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Description

The #1 New York Times bestselling novel and basis for the Academy Award-winning film.

Aibileen is a black maid in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, who's always taken orders quietly, but lately she's unable to hold her bitterness back. Her friend Minny has never held her tongue but now must somehow keep secrets about her employer that leave her speechless. White socialite Skeeter just graduated college. She's full of ambition, but without a husband, she's considered a failure. Together, these seemingly different women join together to write a tell-all book about work as a black maid in the South, that could forever alter their destinies and the life of a small town...

Reviews

  • The Help!

    5
    By Tas_770
    Poignant, funny and a page turner!
  • Amazing!!!

    5
    By Mr.penguin1999
    I love this book. It shows a different view than some books do. :)
  • Inspirational

    5
    By DaBoo22
    A must read! Will inspire you to do great things.
  • Wonderful!

    5
    By angeladcurrie
    I didn't want the book to end, ever aspect of the book was well written and interesting! Just wonderful! A must read!!!
  • Interesting but slow

    2
    By canadiansally1234567
    The story covers an interesting topic, but is slow moving and sometimes hard to follow
  • Good read

    5
    By dirtnapper905
    This was a good read and a horrible reminder of how things use to be.
  • Great book, less great ending

    4
    By Bmcstevens
    Loved this book, but the end just..well..ended! I was hoping for more closure, but the story itself is absolutely worth the read.
  • Help

    5
    By Gerald Windigo
    The best book I've ever read this far
  • The Help

    5
    By matou51404
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  • Writing my first ever book review through my tears @ 2am

    5
    By Apples4Tango
    I'm propped up on pillows in my bed, it's just after 2am, and my husband has given up turning over to ask me why I'm still awake reading. In fact, the last time he rolled over, he just stared long enough at me to focus on my face in the light of my tablet and register the tears rolling down my face. He sighed, laid his head back down and closed his eyes. The tears started welling somewhere around midnight and managed to hold onto my eyeballs until I read the last page. When I finally looked up, I realized the main reason I was crying, sobbing, was because the book had ended and I would never know what happened to the dear characters I had so deeply fallen in love with. I truly don't remember another book in my life that I struggled to put down as I did this one. I'm sure these reviews are too insignificant to ever get to the author... but I sure wish I could thank her. My bed, the pillows I'm propped on, my little white children sleeping in their beds... we're all living and growing here in Johannesburg, S.Africa. My husband and I moved here from Canada nearly five years ago... and while many readers may feel they are reading a piece of history... I feel truly moved and connected to real and true people I see and come into contact with every day. We have a maid, I was told that employing someone was 'expected of me' although it made me uncomfortable... and I am frowned upon when I mention that she was my first 'friend' in his country. It was a surprise to me that I had to tell her not to use the toilet out behind the house, not to bring her own cup, plate and cutlery to stash in my pantry and to please join me at the table when I was home and made us both lunch. We live in an expensive, up-market, high-security estate and I've been told many times that we shouldn't mix with our domestics because they will come to 'expect too much'. I hope that I am successful in teaching my children not to judge anyone by the colour of their skin, amongst other things, and I also hope that when they get old enough they'll read this book. Thank you for introducing me to these amazing people. I do think I'll wonder about them (like they were people i once knew), for a long time to come... Sincerely, S.Willock

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