Thursday, February 9, 2017

Review: The Help by Katheryn Stockett


Goodreads Description:

Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step.... 

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.

So this is easily one of my favorite books. Easily. I have read this book about 3-4 times in the last 3 years. This book is so moving, so addicting and so sad yet moving. I love the characters so much, they are characters that have stuck with me solidly throughout the years.
The book, I feel, like it gives you an idea of what it mustve been like to actually be a maid during those times but somehow I still feel like it is sugar coated. 
The stories in this book need to be shared now more than ever, but people need to have a solid idea that all of the themes in the books are still happening in our times,  maybe not as obvious to some but they sure as heck are still there.

Recommend it?
100% yes, this is a book I stand behind all day every day.