Thursday, January 5, 2012

The Help

Here is the description from Barnes and Noble:
"Be prepared to meet three unforgettable women:

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."

MY REVIEW: Possibly my new favorite book. Yes, it's that good. No, I have not seen the movie but I'm planning on it! Growing up in sheltered Utah, I haven't been exposed to much racism. It totally baffles me that such hatred has and still does exist.That said, I truly appreciate the insights of the author and her ability to write such a beautiful story.

I loved everything about this book. The story was intriguing, the characters were loveable, it tugged at your heartstrings, made you angry, and made you want to never put it down! Excellent read!


  1. Jana, I haven't seen the movie yet either and I also loved the book. Let's watch it here next week maybe (after my kids go back to school)! We can invite others if you want.
    let me know

  2. Okay, so the movie was awesome too! :) Thanks for coming over!