The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Amy Einhorn Books, a Putnam imprint, 2009), 464 pages

Through the alternating viewpoints of Skeeter, a recent college graduate who’s back at home and struggling to find her place; Aibileen, who works as house help for Skeeter’s friend Elizabeth; and Aibileen’s sass-mouthed friend Minny (also a maid), we get a picture of Jackson, Mississippi, 1962-1964. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights movement as it’s taught in schools — Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, sit-ins at the Woolworth’s lunch counter — The Help paints the situation from a different perspective.

Like The Book Thief, this is one I’ve known I wanted to read for ages. I’ve heard amazing things about it, but unfortunately it took me awhile to get my hands on it and read it. Once again, I wasn’t disappointed by the hype.

I love this book. This isn’t really surprising to me, since it has so many elements that I frequently love in a book. Certainly, some very tough situations are presented to the reader. I love this book enough that I’m having trouble putting my praise into words. I have no complaints. An awesome book.

Filled with triumphs and moments of deep sadness, The Help is ultimately a hope-filled story.

If you haven’t read The Help yet, why not? If you have read it, how do you feel about it now, a little more removed from it?

About the author
The Help is Stockett’s debut novel. Kathryn Stockett grew up in Jackson, Mississippi and received a degree in English and creative writing from the University of Alabama. She lives in Atlanta.

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16 responses to “The Help by Kathryn Stockett

  1. Yep! Completely lived up to the hype!

  2. I’m thrilled that you loved it! Such a good book.

  3. i loved it bcause isuch a leisawatkins and words from myreading and writting

  4. I haven’t read this yet because I just haven’t made the time to savor it. I need to do it soon!

  5. I still get excited when I hear someone has read it. A friend of mine is reading my copy and I am so eager to hear her thoughts on it. I am glad you enjoyed it too! *rave* *rave* 🙂

  6. Lovely to hear from you and fun to read your thoughts here about The Help…. Your site is as beautiful as ever.

  7. I never get tired of reading everyone’s thoughts on this wonderful book– great job!

  8. I’m really glad I read it. The audio book was great. Skeeter still drives me a little nuts when I think about her in any depth, but Aibileen and Minny are such wonderful and classic characters.

  9. I have no reason for not having read this yet. At least not a good one!

  10. I’m still thinking about this book and still very glad I read it. LOVED it. I am looking forward to more from this author.

  11. I read this last fall and the book still stays with me. It is one of those books that I really fully engaged in and enjoyed so many of the characters. My copy is currently in the hands of one of my friends who I insisted read it! 🙂

  12. I haven’t read it but the only person I know who didn’t love it was my mother, and yet I trust her judgement on books probably more than anyone else’s. So, that’s probably why I haven’t gotten around to it yet.

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  14. LOVED THIS BOOK! I also just reviewed it over at Take care!

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