Book Review- ‘The Help’ by Kathryn Stockett

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I recently finished a book I initally had a hard time starting but once I did, I really got into it. Six months ago, I was finishing the Stieg Larsson trilogy (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series) and it was tough to go from that genre to this book but I tell you, I am glad I read The Help. This is a book that really gets you thinking about how the South and really the country, just 40-50 years ago, was segregated.  “Separate but equal” really was just a punchline for the dirty truth- DISCRIMINATION.  It’s hard to believe the decade before I was born in this country, we treated people differently simply for the color of their skin and of course, fear of differences.  Sure, it’s controversial, sure, it raises some criticism but it is a good book.  It is well-written, and written from the perspective of three separate female characters.  If you can keep who is the narrator at any given time, this book just flies by and before you know it, the book is done, leaving you wanting to know more.  What happens to everyone?  Is there is a sequel?  I was left wanting more and that to me, is a sign of a great book.

This book is set in Jackson, Mississippi, in the early 60s.  It covers the time of President Kennedy and his assassination.  Martin Luther King, Jr., is starting his nonviolence movement for desegregation and equality for Blacks in America.  It is a great story about the times from the point of view of the help- the cooks, the maids, and the women who were nannies, often for white families.  Whether historically accurate or not, it really does get you thinking about how different times were back then.  When I place myself as a character in the book, I do not think in my wildest imagination, as I fast forward 40+ years, that we would have an African-American President of the United States.  That is a truly historic event in American history and this fictional book absolutely confirms it.  Of course, I always read everything with a purpose and this book definitely has purpose.  The movie is set to release this August and I would definitely recommend this quick read before you head out to see the movie.  The Help by Kathryn Stockett, a book that makes you think, a book that makes you appreciate where we are today as a country despite our continued differences.

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6 thoughts on “Book Review- ‘The Help’ by Kathryn Stockett

  1. I saw this book and snatched it up before I even knew it would be made into a movie. I did wait until the day before the movie was released to post my book review as I want people to read about THE BOOK! The movie is one thing, and from what I can tell, it looks like from the previews alone, the movie follows the book pretty true to form. We will only know better once we see the movie.
    I would NOT compare reading this book and seeing the movie in one sentence.
    This book stands alone.
    This book needs NO movie to prove it’s brilliance.
    I hope people who don’t read books that are made into movies will rethink their choices. A lot of GREAT books have been turned into movies. This is a fact. ANY movie studio is going to ‘jump’ at the chance to make MONEY! If you think about it, no movie has EVER stood up to the quality of the book it has been made from.
    I hope everyone will reconsider reading books that have been made into movies. ONLY the BEST of BOOKS have been turned into movies. Why would you NOT read the book? I don’t understand.
    Laurie Carlson
    http://www.lauriehere.blogspot.com

    1. Thanks Laurie. Your review was great too and thanks for sharing. And I agree 100%. The book is so much better than movies and captures alot. People who merely wait for movies well wait… That USED to be me. Haa

    1. I used to be the same way. Haaa but I have to say now I tend to like the books more than the movie. Books do something that movies cannot. Anyway. Hope to c u over coffee soon!!

    1. Thanks for the comment. Yes good writing and easy read once I got over the crime violence suspense thriller streak of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. 😉

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