Friday, November 26, 2010

The Help

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Amy Einhorn Books, 2009
444 pages
Historical; Women's Fiction
4.5/5 stars

Source: Bought

Summary: This novel is told from the perspective of three women: Aibileen, an African-American maid who's worked in white households for years; Minny, an African-American maid who frequently offends her bosses despite her excellent cooking; and Skeeter, a white woman looking for a purpose.  It is set in Jackson, Mississippi in the early 1960s.

Thoughts: My mom was talking about books with friends and was recommended this; she wasn't sure.  Then she told me about it and I looked at her (via Skype) and said that it was exactly the kind of book she'd love.  So she bought it, read it, loved it (of course-I know what my mama likes!) and then she lent it to me to read as well.  I wasn't sure how I'd feel about it but it struck my eye so I picked it up off the shelf.

Well, I really liked it!  I flew through it and this plus Revolution helped me get back in to reading again!  I was definitely thinking about the movie as I read it; I can see Viola Davis as Aibileen and Octavia Spencer as Minny but I'm not sure about Emma Stone as Skeeter-I think she's a talented actress but I've only seen her in comedies so I'm excited to see how she handles this.  To be honest, I mostly read it due to the hype and the fact that it will be turned in to a movie.  That doesn't make it a bad book (I loved it), it's just what I was more focused on.

Overall: Good story; excited for the movie!

Cover: At first I didn't even notice that these were birds; I just remembered the purple part for the title.


  1. I also read books that are soon to be turned into movies. This sounds interesting and I will definitely check out the movie as well. I like the birds on the cover. Mostly because I just love birds, but maybe they represent the three women in the book as well. In any event, nice cover. And, I love it when mothers and daughters like the same books! I really enjoy discussing books with my mom, as she is very insightful.

  2. I have been picking this up several times and putting it down again but I think I will have to read it. It sounds really good.


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