Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Book Review: The Help

Title: The Help
Author: Kathryn Stockett
Genre: Fiction

Set in Jackson, Mississippi, this book is written from the perspective of three women in the 1960s. Skeeter is a 22 year-old girl who just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She has the great ambition of becoming a writer but in a society where women her age are married and with children, she is considered an oddball and a failure. Aibileen is a black maid who secretly loves reading and is completely devoted to Mae Mobley, the seventeenth white child she is raising. Minny is Aibileen's best friend and the best cook in all of Jackson. However, due to her sass and smart mouth she can't keep a job until she lands a job with Celia Foote, an outcast in society because of her reputation. As different as these three women may be, they unite to write a book exposing the lives of housemaids and risk it all to change the way their town thinks.

Long story short, I absolutely loved this book! Why? Because even though it deals with a serious subject, it is funny, heartwarming and just plain amazing. I loved the main characters, especially Minny. She was just such a sassy yet endearing character you couldn't do anything but root for her. And Aibileen, she had gone through so many difficult moments in her life yet still managed to have a heart of gold. So if you haven't read this book yet, I definitely recommend you read it!

Rating: 5/5

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