Help, The

Kathryn Stockett
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...


Reviewed: 2017-01-17
Touching and able to balance its realism with sentiment, The Help may not be anything original, but it still feels fresh.
Reviewed: 2015-07-15

I'm giving this a 5-star review strictly based on the writing. I loved the multiple first-person POV's and the varied voices among the leading characters.

Normally, I would say that the pacing of the book held it back. Rather than the climatic moment coming toward the end of the second act, I felt that that moment came toward he end. Leading up to that point was steady, but there was no suspense building moments. I would generally find that type of book boring and put it down long before middle, but somehow, in this book, even though there were no moments where things were spiraling out of control or no moments where I was ready to burst if I 'didn't know the truth', it not only held my interest, but at no point did I get the urge to skim. Every single word was a treat that I couldn't wait to devour.

Even though the pacing was not what one would expect, it did veer from the norm, this book was superbly written. The writing and the story kept me engaged up until the very last word.

The only thing I may have changed was the Stuart storyline. I felt as though he were only put there because many feel that ALL stories have to have a romance of some kind to be considered seriously. In this particular book, I saw no reason for him whatsoever. He could have been removed. Skeeter had enough going on in her life good and bad, there was no 'need' for him if she wasn't going to end up married to him.

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