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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Help

Hardcover: 464 pages
Published: 2009
4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon (2,551 customer reviews)
Our Book Club Rated it: 5 stars *****

I think there was a lot of anticipation for me to read this book because everyone was buzzing about it and the movie was coming out at the end of August. I couldn’t stop thinking about the women and the era in this book. After reading and talking to Dallys about the Audio version, I definitely want to listen to it to hear the different characters and accents. These were the things I loved most about the book.

1. The Mothers-I thought Hilly’s mother was hilarious and obviously not nearly as prejudiced as Hilly herself and I loved how Skeeter’s mother evolved and became someone ashamed of herself for being cruel in the past and came to Skeeter’s defense. I think she was secretly really envious of Skeeter’s independence and courage. 2. Character Development – I felt like I knew all of them.3. I loved how I felt like I was right there with them. I think that says a lot about the Author. Bringing the reader into the equation is so tricky sometimes and doesn’t always work. She did a brilliant job.A quote from Bethany at another book club, about Kathryn's writing, "...her writing is like life, because you never know the whole story at once. You get tid bits at a time."This book was almost hard to read at times. It made me feel guilty for not understanding more what the black people of that era went through. Especially the women. I am not sure that I am tough enough to have survived that. What a brilliant first novel for an author that was turned down 40 times before someone agreed to publish her book. I can't wait to read more from her. I am thinking that there are a lot of publishing companies out there who are kicking themselves for not taking this book.

Love yall,

P.S. I loved the movie also. When little Mae Mobley said at he end “I is good, I is kind, I is important” my heart broke just a little.

Such a powerful little book. I give it 5 stars.


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