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The Help

by Kathryn Stockett

Putnam Adult | February 10, 2009 | Hardcover

The Help is rated 4.7638 out of 5 by 127.

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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 464 pages, 9.28 × 6.32 × 1.56 in

Published: February 10, 2009

Publisher: Putnam Adult

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0399155341

ISBN - 13: 9780399155345

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Novel 100 times better than the film, this novelty attempts to depict the racial tensions of Jackson Mississippi through one naive graduate and two powerfully inspiring maids. Where the film glossed over the true danger of what these women were doing, the novel glosses over some of the hardships and trials of writing what many people did not want to hear. Overall an incredible novel that looks not only at race, but what experiences unite women. 
Date published: 2014-02-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Help! This book focuses on the African-American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work for. It depicts the hardships they go through, and how they cope. I enjoyed reading this book as it focuses on three main character points of view. Overall a good read.
Date published: 2013-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just...wow. After watching The Help when it came out in theatres, I knew this was one book that I just had to read as soon as possible. And while many months went by before I picked it up from Chapters, I did read it in the end. The movie had me crying, laughing and reflecting, so I knew that the book would only intensify those feelings and reactions. And boy, was I underestimating its power. It took me all of 8 days to read it (granted, I had been working during those days; if I had my way, I’d have read it all in a day or two) and even so, 8 days truly wasn’t long enough for me to indulge myself further into the novel. Kathryn Stockett is absolutely amazing in my opinion. She has this undeniable gift of creating characters, creating settings, that are parallel to our own lives and experiences, and yet are set apart from us too. The black maids undergo such trials that it’s hard to believe life was actually like this in the 60s. Stockett spoke with such rawness, such honesty, that it was impossible to tear myself away from her words. From the get-go, I was rooting for every single black maid in Mississippi and Miss Skeeter — and hated Hilly Hollbrook with a passion. I wanted to slap Elizabeth Leefolt for her naivety and stupidity. And I wanted to embrace Celia Foote in the tightest hug, patting her on the back. Each character was so strong in his or her own way, whether they were right or not. The dialogue was flawless and the plot was seamless. There is a reason why this is a national bestseller — The Help can touch even the most skeptical person out there. To view more of my book reviews, visit: http://booksteame.com/
Date published: 2013-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Almost skipped it... I was hesitant to read this at first, but I saw the movie and thought I'd give it a shot. I'm glad I did! It was excellent! Funny and moving.
Date published: 2012-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME BOOK the book is very touching and inspired me a lot. The book is very easy to understand and its suitable for all ages........... I recommend this book because the auother used very good words and desicrible the story very well.
Date published: 2012-10-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Maid Good imagine writing a book about a bunch of black women, who work as maids, who get paid ( badly ) to clean the houses of white people, in the early 1960's, in the American south. Not only were the women poorly paid, they were also poorly treated. In one case one of the maids tells a story, about how one employer made her eat her meals outside, even in the winter. The book gets good when the main character Skeeter decided to write a book about what it is like to work as a maid. And she has to interview all the maids. Then the story gets interesting, real interesting after the book is published. I must say, I did not think much of the ending. None the less, It is still a very good book, and very worth reading.
Date published: 2012-09-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Definitely a Good Read I'm always a little nervous to read a book with a lot of hype, but this for the most part lives up to the hype. This is a heart warming story and will keep you reading. I would have given it 5 stars if it had a higher level of writing - it's written in a very easy beach-read style.
Date published: 2012-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really great read! This book was great couldn't put it down. Some parts made me cry and others had me laugh. Great read!
Date published: 2012-06-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I couldn't put it down I have recently finished reading this book. I have to say that I could not put it down. The Help is a book about the lives of three women and what it is like for them living in Jackson, Mississippi. One of the women, named Skeeter, wants to be a writer and the other two are Mini and Aibileen, who are maids. In order for Skeeter to get a job she must write about something no one else has, and it has to be something she really cares about. Skeeter ends up writing a book about the points of view of 12 maids, and what it is like for them working for white people. The book is set back in 1962, when colored and white people where viewed as unequal. This book made me cry and made me laugh. I would recommend this book to read. That is, if you haven't watched the movie, because to me the movie does not do the book justice.
Date published: 2012-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny and heart-wrenching! I was nervous when I started to read this book. I had bought it (like many others) based on the hype I was hearing. The Help, however, was worth the hype. The Help illustrates what it was like to be a black maid during the civil rights movement of the 1960’s in Mississippi. Stockett portrays the hate, abuse, and mistrust so well that, as a reader, I was mortified that any human could treat another in that way. In the same sense, though, there was love and dependence in some of the houses—Aibileen took care of Mae Mobley, who loves Aibileen. This love, however, has an end point, as Mae Mobley will soon learn that the maids are different and are the help, not family. Stockett writes amazing characters—unlike other books where the characters all seem like they’re really the same character (*cough*The Slap*cough*), each character had their own voices and were crafted so well. As a reader, you leave loving Aibileen, Skeeter (Eugenia), and Minny, and absolutely hating Hilly. The book is so full of emotions that, as a reader, you can’t help but feel them. If you’re like me, you ended up feeling so much towards these maids who were (for the most part) treated like garbage. The fact that Skeeter would want to write the story of how these maid’s are treated (not just the bad stuff, but all the good, too) is amazing. I hope that there were some people who didn’t treat people of colour like they’re lepers. The fact that the latter still exists in this world is unbelievable and sad (and probably not a rant for a book review). The Help is funny, heart-wrenching, and warm. It is also an eye-opener to what still goes on in some parts of the world. Definitely worth a read.
Date published: 2012-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from absolutely amazing! I couldnt get enough of this book. intriguing from beginning to end.
Date published: 2012-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Of course better than the movie Books are always better than movies. But I did not expect just how much feeling Katherine Stockett put in those pages. A story of grace, courage and hope. Read everyone.
Date published: 2012-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A good friend I loved this book. I felt like I was there reading about the lives of these women. It captured the politics of society and the nightmare that racial hate colored people and those that supported them lived with. It covered so many truths. Not just racism, it didn't ignore anything. It spoke of the truth behind wealth and society and although its main focus appeared to be about the colored maids of the south of how evil and kind their employers were. It reflected how the ugly taste of slavery is still in the mouths of some of the employers of these colored women. Others maids were considered family. It spoke honestly about the choices that men make about the women they choose to spend their lives with.. I loved how miss Celia fought off that attacker and how she well I won't ruin one of the best scenes in the book. I am so happy for Miss Skeeter and I thought it was a great thing to have her mother go into remission you want to be inspired by the power of possiblity and it doesn't always have to be looking down. Sometimes there are great victories. Thank you Kathryn Stockett.
Date published: 2012-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant Set in the troubled deep south of the sixties where racism is rampant, the story of a group of white women and their black maids is told through the perspective of three different individuals, both black and white. You will cringe as well as laugh out loud as this brilliant story unfolds and plunges you into the world of the domestic help that is so deeply involved in the everyday life of their employers yet treated so sordidly. The narration couldn’t have been better. The southern accents of the 3 women telling the story added that much more to an already rich narrative. Great story, well done, absolutely loved it !
Date published: 2012-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonder, Funny I loved this book, I cheered for them, cried with them and couldnt put it down. I was sad when it was done.....also the movie is great as well....
Date published: 2012-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Read! Once you start you wont be able to put it down!
Date published: 2012-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!! This book was an inspirational masterpiece all around. Skeeter's fine determination and amazing ability to strike the lives of other's from a whole different point of view, the help, was absolutely heart warming. She went through facing legal situations, family, and friends while keeping her faith and pride just to see another side. The things that the help has to go through is unacceptable and disgusting. The courage that Skeeter brings out in herself and all The Help is just beautiful. All the characters played a key role in this book and it is a masterpiece between morality and immorality. This book is great for young teens and adults. I find this to be one of the best books I've ever read.
Date published: 2012-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!! This book was an inspirational masterpiece all around. Skeeter's fine determination and amazing ability to strike the lives of other's from a whole different point of view, the help, was absolutely heart warming. She went through facing legal situations, family, and friends while keeping her faith and pride just to see another side. The things that the help has to go through is unacceptable and disgusting. The courage that Skeeter brings out in herself and all The Help is just beautiful. All the characters played a key role in this book and it is a masterpiece between morality and immorality. This book is great for young teens and adults. I find this to be one of the best books I've ever read.
Date published: 2012-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thoroughly enjoyed and recommend! Wow - what a story, it is divided between three women: Skeeter, a young daughter of plantation family; Aibileen, an older woman who works for Elizabeth that cooks, cleans and helps minds her daugther & son; and Minnie, who is a middle-age woman that is a firecracker of a person that worked orginally for Ms. Walters, then Ms. Celia. It takes place in the late 50's/early 60's in the Southern part of the USA (Mississippi) where there was segration and hate crimes/killings to those of colour. All three ladies come together with unusual circumstances which creates quite a commotion, let's see where it will leave everyone. I don't want to give away the story, so read it already! Recommend
Date published: 2012-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Amazing Book to Read!! After receiving the movie ‘The Help’ for Christmas, I immediately went out and bought the novel. There are some differences between the movie and the novel, but that is expected, but I love both the movie and the novel (I guess more so the novel because the writing style really gives you an insight into the characters and gives you a lot of history of each character). Stockett’s writing is very genuine, and it makes for an easy but very enjoyable read. I found sometimes I could not put the book down because there are parts where Minny is narrating and it is just so funny that you do laugh out loud, and then there are other parts that are just so gripping that you feel like you are right beside Aibileen, Minny or Miss Skeeter. The novel is very insightful in regards to how White people treated the Black people, making you realise-to an extent-what it was like for Black people in the 1960s.
Date published: 2012-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing and powerful story I wasn't sure that this would be my kind of book, but after hearing so much about it I decided to give it a try and I'm so glad I did. The characters are so authentic and the perspectives they share are powerful. While the movie was well done, it doesn't compare to the book! It is now one of my favourite books!
Date published: 2012-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant I had heard nothing but good things about the book, but when I read the back I thought, this is not the kind of book I would normally enjoy but took the chance anyways. I am so glad I went for it, this is easily one of the best books I've read. It has so much emotion and I felt so connected with the main characters. A must read!!
Date published: 2012-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EPIC.... 'NOUGH SAID :D This book was really good, i reccomend people who love heaertfelt novels, to read this one. I really loved this book and hope you do 2!!!!!!!
Date published: 2012-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! It truely is the characters that make this book wonderful! Go out and pick this book up today!
Date published: 2012-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This was an amazing book and could not keep it down.
Date published: 2012-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! This book is awesome beyond belief! I love how it had three narators. This book has love, sorrow and humor! It has a little bit of everything, and has something for everyone. A definate must read, even for those who already watched the movie.
Date published: 2012-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Whenever I see a movie before reading the book, I find it insanely difficult to make it through the book. With The Help, I found it insanely easy. I saw the movie first, but the book was just so amazing that I had no trouble at all getting through the book. That in itself shows how great of a book this is. The story is amazing, and Kathryn Stockett's writing style is one of the best I've ever read.
Date published: 2011-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Greatest help money can buy “The Help”, simply put, is an outstanding and heartbreaking novel from rookie novelist Kathryn Stockett. The richness of her writing is beyond commentary. I found myself cheering out loud several times in the book. The beauty of book is how it is told between three main characters, all with different emotions, yet all similar at the same time. I couldn’t stop thinking of the story and characters. A classic novel.
Date published: 2011-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Amazing!!! I loved this book. Kathryn Stockett did such a good job portraying all the women in this book. The story was fantastic, I couldn't put it down. It had me laughing and crying, as corny as it sounds. The emotions in it were so real, I felt like I knew them and it hurt when they hurt. Definitely a must-read!!!!
Date published: 2011-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Debut Novel I had heard great things about this book and wanted to read it before I saw the movie. I was hesitant to read it, though, because of the setting: Mississippi in the 1960's. I was afraid it would be too upsetting. The author does a great job of writing from the perspectives of three characters. She even successfully switches to third person omniscient to 'report' on the Benefit. I loved this story. It is surprising that all these kinds of things were happening just a few short decades ago. Hard to believe it was Stockett's first novel. She writes beautifully, describing "a horseshoe of hair left" or a "sigh, long and slow like a deflating tire." You really care what happens to the characters and you cheer for and boo them accordingly. I wish some loose ends would have been tied up, though.
Date published: 2011-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Engaging. I found myself thoroughly engaged throughout the novel by the three dimensional nature of the characters and Stockett's ability to effortlessly mix humor and emotional tension. I definitely recommend this novel.
Date published: 2011-11-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Once again a "white" person saves the day Although the author of this book attempted to give us insight of what it was like to be an African-American living in a "white man's" land in the 1960s, she has taken away the heroism from the African-Americans by once again making the hero a white person. We all know the injustice the African Americans faced back then and the struggles they had to overcome everyday by themselves. Instead of giving them credit for getting the courage to speak out, the author minimized their actions by focusing on the how a "white" person set them free. Personally i'm tiered of reading about how wonderful white people are. I would love to just read a book that accredits the African-Americans.
Date published: 2011-10-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Mommy It's tooo big for me but my mommy read it. Ya I'm 18 and still live with mommy. Jealous?
Date published: 2011-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read Absolutely loved this book. I couldn't put it down. The story was very well told. Can't wait to read the next novel this author writes.
Date published: 2011-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Help Loved it,
Date published: 2011-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The chatter is true- this is a great book. You will love love love it First heard about The Help from the reviews of the film. Hmmm i thought, if the movie is getting great reviews. The book must be even better at least I hoped. By the 3rd page I was hooked and not letting this novel go. It took me a couple of chapters to get use to "the help" language and terms. Book was an easy and comfortable read in fact there was a few times I re-read a few pages, because it was hilarious. There are 3 narrators- Abileen, Minny and Skeeter. I think every reader picks their favorite. Mine is Minny. I don't want to tell you anything about the characters. You decide who you favorite is... Best part: the maids and working together for a great cause Worst part: this event was only 50 yrs ago Read, laugh, smile, roll your eyes and enjoy this book. I promise you all the frenzy behind this book is worth it. You will want to be running out on your break or lunch to finish it.
Date published: 2011-09-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Help by Katheryn Stockett The Help was a book that was easy to fall in love with. I had in instant connection and love for the characters, which is what initially draws me into a novel. The Help dealt with difficult issues such as racism and the general treatment of black maids in the 1960s in Jackson, Mississippi. The maids hired for help did everything for the women they worked for. They cleaned everything from top to bottom, cooked, worked late for their employers when they had a dinner party planned and even raised their children for them for a wage that could barely support their own families at home. The treatment of black maids was thought to be normal by the society in Jackson, but it didn't go unnoticed by Skeeter, a young white writer fresh out of college. She teams up with several maids to record their personal stories about working for their white women, the good and bad. The tales told by these maids are enough to make your heart ache for them and also warm your heart when you see that at least some of the white employers treated their maids with respect and helped them when they were in need. This book deals with the struggle for equality between white and black people, while main characters go through their own difficulties and personal issues. The Help provides an accurate reminder of what times were like in the 1960s in Jackson, Mississippi. One can't help but root for the underdog in this story, being the maids and Skeeter who are just trying to raise an awareness of the relationships between maids and their employers. The Help will bring you along a journey filled with humour, heart ache and an attachment to lovable characters. The only bad thing about this book is I didn't want it to end.
Date published: 2011-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Book! an excellent book for those who are interested in a "through the looking glass" view of a terrible historical fact. I enjoyed seeing things from the "other side" so to speak, The author did a wonderful job of transporting the reader to places they have never before been.
Date published: 2011-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This was a wonderful book! I could picture each of the characters in my mind as I read their stories. Now I am waiting for the movie to come out on DVD so that I can compare my vision to the screen writers'. It must have been so hard to hold one's tongue, as those black women had to do, when they were treated so unjustly; I even felt a sense of triumph for the two women at the end of the book. I highly recommend this book and hope that everyone enjoys it as much as I did.
Date published: 2011-09-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from thought provoking a good read for those who are interested in a realistic view of a bad part of american history. I found it entertaining as well as thought provoking.
Date published: 2011-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The HELP This was a fascinating book and I am glad I read it before seeing the movie. Wonderful characters and appears to be accurate for the time period! I look forward to future novels by this author.
Date published: 2011-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect reading experience! This was a fantastic story with wonderful characters. It was sweet and funny and horrifying and humbling and thought-provoking and never ever trite. But best of all, it was completely accessible. There was nothing fancy about it -- no literary tricks. Just a darned good yarn about some wonderful (and not-so-wonderful) characters. And really, will anyone ever look at chocolate pie the same? Not I!
Date published: 2011-09-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love Minny I really enjoyed this book. I found the characters to be well developed, with clear voices. Some were relatable and the ones who were supposed to be likeable definitely succeeded I didn’t find it to be a page turner, but it sucked you in and before you knew it you had lost an hour to the early 1960’s of Jackson, Mississippi . It really is a good book, perhaps not great, but definitely worth reading. And the movie isn’t half bad either. Also, I loved Minny, she was a legend.
Date published: 2011-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic novel! I read the Help over one day because I just couldn't put it down! Kathryn Stockett portrayed the southern black woman very effectively, and I absolutely loved her style of writing. I immediately fell in love with this book from the very beginning and just couldn't put it down. Highly recommended to any woman looking for an easy, entertaining summer read!
Date published: 2011-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a read! Amazing! I started reading this on Thursday night and was done by Sunday night. I couldn't put it down. It is so riveting, very emotional. What a full range of emotions - sadness, frustration, happiness, anger, hope. The three points of view gave it a unique set of perspectives, which create - in modern terms - a 3D picture in one's mind. I gained a new appreciation of the civil rights movement and the history. Sometimes when we yearn for "the golden era" of yesteryear - this reminds us how different it was for different classes and races. I recommend this book to everyone.
Date published: 2011-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it!! This books shows how coloured people suffered in the 1960's, and what they had to put up with racism.I loved how she wrote the book with each chapter for each caracter, i read it in no time.Good job to the author.
Date published: 2011-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read I loved this book! I love the characters and their story. I saw the movie and thought it was really good. But for me a book is always better than the movie, it just has so much more.
Date published: 2011-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it !!!! I'm soo bad at judging a book by it's cover. Everytime I go to my local coles store, I ask for the best seller, and I'm always introduced a one or two books. I was introduced to The Help, and I was told that the movie was coming out soon. I saw the preview, and wasn't to sure about the movie itself, so it made me not want to read the book. Evidently, my sister was with me when I payed a visit to the store. Two weeks later, the book was from as a present for my birthday from my sister. I felt bad not having intrest in it, so I start reading. And of course, I could not put the book down !!! I feel like there are no words to describe this book. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll get angry, and you'll gasp, especially towards the end. Usually the movies are never as good as the books, but I still feel I need to see the movie now !! Please buy this book, and give it a read !!
Date published: 2011-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! One of the best books I've read in a long time. I had become so attatched to the characters and so engrossed in the story, when the book was finished it felt like I was mourning the loss of good friends whom I would never see again.
Date published: 2011-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful This book was amazing. Well written and kept you wanting more. Loved it. Now I am sad that I'm done it. Totalling amazing that this is the authors first book. Great job. Write more.
Date published: 2011-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! I haven't liked many books lately but couldn't wait to get back to this. The characters were well written and believable. Not predictible = joyous reading! :-)
Date published: 2011-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Educational and Liberating I read this book back when it first came out and wasn't popular. I enjoyed it so much, because it wasn't just a great read but it was meaningful. It definitely captures you emotionally. I have recommended this book to all my friends, but I suggest reading the original copy so that you don't imagine the characters who are in the movie.
Date published: 2011-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New favorite! I couldn't put this book down, it hase become my new favourite book. I would highly recommend The Help to anyone looking for an easy read that will make you think, while at the same time make you laugh and connect with the characters. Enjoy!
Date published: 2011-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best books of the summer of 2011 Couldn’t put it down!
Date published: 2011-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book, definately recommend this This book is set in the 50's in Jackson, Mississippi, USA. It really is an interesting story about how blacks were treated in that era, and in that part of the country. Written from the perspective of the "blacks" who were "hired" to help white families. Some chapters were written from the perspective of the white individual, Miss Skeeter, who took it upon herself to write a book (sort of an expose) about what how the "help" felt about being in servitude to the whites. All in all, this is a very interesting, and entertaining book. I found that for me, I became more and more interested in the book, as I read along. It felt as though the book itself BECAME more interesting. We are able to hear and feel the perspectives of the individuals that take their turn as the first person, and telling the story for a while from their personal perspectives. I highly recommend this. I have not yet seen the movie.
Date published: 2011-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book from start to finish This has to be one of the best books I have ever read, from the first page to the end, I could not put it done, so mesmerizing and so interesting. Bravo to the author for a first book hit!!!! Buy it read it over and over, its the only book where I read some pages over and over!
Date published: 2011-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WONDERFUL WONDERFUL BOOK. Read it when it first came out. Before all the hype and it's a fantatic book. One to keep.
Date published: 2011-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Go read it. NOW. I just finished reading this right this minute and couldn't wait to hop on over to write out a review. In all honesty, it was the movies release that spurred me to read the novel and I'm glad they made a movie out of it (though I've yet to see it) simply because it let me know this book existed. Now, my sister couldn't get past chapter 2 because of the way the narrative is written from Aibileen and Minny's point of view but all it does is add realism and poignancy to the script! By the end, I could practically hear them as though they were sitting right next to me. Which, as we all know, is the mark of great characters. The storyline is heartbreaking when it needs to be, funny when it needs to be and inspiring when it needs to be. It hits all the right marks without ever going overboard, unless necessary. What I loved about the main characters was that they had to work real hard to establish any sort of relationship; it was not freely given, which to me makes it more convincing, more relatable. You keep waiting for the other shoe to drop, for their world to blow up. As well, the side plots are every bit as good and help to build up each character, moving the narrative along instead of hindering it. One comment though is that I feel the aftermath of the book came about too near the end of the novel for my liking, I would have enjoyed it being drawn out perhaps a little bit more but again, the timing still worked out perfectly and it left no question unanswered. Reading that over, I really don't give anything away but it's for the best! Highly recommend.
Date published: 2011-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I see this book going to broadway! I loved this book. Absolutely loved it. I knew I would after the first chapter and just couldn't put it down until I was done. I thought about Abileen, Minny, Miss Skeeter and even Miss Hilly long after I put it down and began to drift off to sleep every night. I swear the voice of Abileen floated to me in my dreams....rich, strong but with a quiet nice about it...I can still hear her and all 'them' women. :) This book...will not only be a classic, as the commercials predict, but I believe it'll go to broadway, and I have never said that before about a book. I have bought the book in electronic format but I plan to save a little money to buy most of the women I know a copy to read, for their Christmas presents. It's just that good. I finished the book last night at 11 pm, and already I'm missing the girls... *wistful smile*
Date published: 2011-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding This is a great book Kathryn Stockett did a wonderful job with writing this novel and capturing each character's individual personalities. There were times that tears would roll down my face because it touched my soul no one should be treated in the way both Aibileen or Minnie were. This one I would highly recommand reading.
Date published: 2011-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thoroughly enjoyed it! I loved the author's writing technique. The way the story unfolds, the descriptions, the heart-wrenching emotional impacts, the character descriptions...everything was flawless and superbly written.
Date published: 2011-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read it Emotional and exhilarating, I couldn't put it down. The author finds a voice for every unforgettable character. You will find yourself cheering for the heroines and wishing you can slap some sense into Hilly. My most memorable read this summer.
Date published: 2011-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it......so funny What a great feel good book. The kind that makes you smile and giggle to yourself. Treat yourself and read this book, you wont be sorry.
Date published: 2011-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! I loved this book, it's such an easy read and I couldn't put it down! The story just flowed naturally. I recommend this book and I hope the movie does it justice!
Date published: 2011-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from For the good of your soul... Read this book. I only put this book down to go to sleep. And even then, I fought my burning, tired eyes. You will read this book and fall in love with these three women. When the book comes to its end, which all book inevitably do, you will be sad there's no more. I can't believe this is Kathryn Stockett's first book. It is incredibly written with heart and beauty. There is an honesty that is so hard to find these days. One of the things that I appreciate was the author's use of real milestones in history to illustrate the time. She would use the death of Patsy Cline, Martin Luther King's march, or the death of JFK instead of telling you the time of year and date. I reccommend this book for people of all ages, all races.
Date published: 2011-08-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Emotional and Inspiring Read The book follows the life of three women and how different each of their experiences are with in the same community. Skeeter's story tells how hard it is for her to express her feelings in a world that is so judgmental. In order to fit in you have to be just like everyone else. Surround by opinions that she does not share she feels trapped and is determined to find a way out. Minny on the other hand is not afraid to express her thoughts but finds that every time she does she is punished. She has unfortunately learned that in order to survive she must keep her feelings inside. Aibileen is a sweet older women who loves children. She has worked for several families and seen how children are influenced by their parent's prejudice. This was a wonderfully read, I felt for each of the women in this book and how hard it was for them living in that time. This book really shows how it takes one strong person to lead and most people follow. It makes you think about how it so much easier to go with the crowd then stand up and try to speak your mind.
Date published: 2011-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!! WOW...........what an incredible book that brings together hope, love and power of the human race. The embodiment of the characters are so profound, that you are taken back to Jackson in 1960's, during the segregation and feeling the pain of wanting a brush of CHANGE to come. This story is truly one the will be told to generations after generations. This is a story that cultivates the diversity of the women and power that they each embodies, regardless of what walk of life they where from. This book is definitely a MUST for any book lover. It definitely a triumph for the human spirit!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2011-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun and Interesting! I believe that both "fun" and "interesting" are the only words to properly describe this novel. Stockett uses a soap opera type of approach to describe the insane world that these women live in, which creates a fun atmosphere that made me laugh out loud while reading it. It is also interesting because it provides a great opportunity to learn more about the things that used to occur in the south. I was captivated by the emphasized differences in race that don't actually exist. It is an absoulte must-read for everyone. It is about time that another story about the power of words came out to show it's true colours.
Date published: 2011-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant! The Help was brilliant! The characters were wonderful, encompassing a range of human behaviour. An excellent look into the minds of women. This was a very quick read; I laughed and I cried. I will definitely be buying this novel as a gift for family and friends. I can hardly wait for the movie!
Date published: 2011-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Amazing!!!!!!! I don't know what else to say except that this book was absolutely amazing!!!!! I could not put this book down. The story line was perfect as were the characters in the story. I could picture what they looked like and hear each of the different characters voices in my head as they told their stories............ Kathryn Stockett is a wonderful writer.....and this is only her first novel! Can't wait to see what she comes up with next! This book is one of my most favorite books that I have read to date. I hear the movie "The Help" is coming out this summer, I'm glad I read the book first. I'm curious as to what the movie will be like..... If you want an excellent read.....read The Help. It is well worth it!!!!!
Date published: 2011-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Didn't want it to end! This is the kind of book that I wish would never end! I wanted to know what happened to the characters. Did Mae Mobley go and find Abileen once she was a grown woman and thank her. And how did Minny do in the end...? This book to me ranks up with To Kill a Mockingbird, and I know some will think I am crazy to dare make such a comparison, but from what I can tell this subject was a close to the author's heart as TKAMB was to Harper Lee. Can't wait to read more from this author - and I hope the movie does this wonderful book justice!
Date published: 2011-07-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Big Ole Slice of Southern Hospitality... Literally! Kathryn Stockett writes a fictional story of African American maids and the high society women that they work for; a tale that rings so true that one feels like there is indeed an Aibileen, a Minny, a Skeeter, and a mean old Hilly, all keeping a secret that could ruin them all. This, for me, is a modern day Mockingbird. There is, of course, no way to trump the classic Lee novel, but I feel that this story explores the truth of segregation, racism and descrimination with much more depth and candor than Lee ever could at the time that she wrote. I found myself so emotionally invested in these women and their stories: laughing, crying, loving and hating with them. This novel is a champion of equality, in a world that thinks that it has moved passed this issue, even when there is still a long way to go.
Date published: 2011-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite books ever! This book was amazing and should be a mandatory read for high school students.
Date published: 2011-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyable story about an otherwise heavy subject What an amazing read. Despite what would typically be considered heavy subject matter, this is a story told with hope, happiness, joy, and a true feeling of success. But of course, the frustration, inequity, cruelty, and sadness are all there too. That's what makes this such a spectacular read. Every emotion imaginable is represented. You will find yourself comparing the relationships to your own real-life relationships – not just between races/cultures, but also between friends, and among family. The characterization is done wonderfully, to the point that 20 pages from the end, I became reluctant to finish reading, knowing that I would miss the characters when it was over! This was a gripping story and an easy read. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2011-07-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good A few loop holes and unanswered questions make the read lacking in total satisfaction. But all in all a fairly good read.
Date published: 2011-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read This was one of the best books I have read in a long time. It didn't take me long to read it because it was one of those books you just can't put down. I would highly recommend it as top on your list for reading!!!!
Date published: 2011-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Help I could not put this book down. This book was amazing!! It was intense and emotional. I feel like this book gave me something that I'll be thinking about long after I have finished reading it as it really demonstrates the view from someone's life, someone you may usually forget about or ignore. I just wish there had been more to the ending! But I guess you know it is a good book when it leaves you wanting more.
Date published: 2011-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A real page turner Captivating from start to finish, I laughed, I cried, and even sometimes shook my head in disbelief from what I was reading (re relationships between "the Help" and their employers). A must read!
Date published: 2011-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the Best!! I really can't say how much I enjoyed this novel. The voices were rich and alive. The weaving of voice in and out and through the characters had me mesmerized. Loved this novel and would recommend it whole heartedly.
Date published: 2011-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful read! I couldn't put this book down. The author did such a good job of showing the subtleties of the relationships between the various key characters. This book was at times very sad and, at other times, I laughed out loud.
Date published: 2011-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read!! Started this book and was automaticly hooked! Great read couldn't put it down. Different how the writing is for certain characters but I really liked that, it gave the book the right feel.
Date published: 2011-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Read! This was a great book. I had heard about it from a friend and went on the list at my local library. However, I was number 61 to get the book which meant sometime next year! When I saw that the book came out in paperback, I couldn't resist and ordered it. Well, it was great, we even chose to read it next month for my book club. It is a great book that exams the relationship between whites and blacks in the 60's . I liked that it wasn't preachy and made me empathize with both sides. Definitely worth the read.
Date published: 2011-06-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Entertaining As stories go, this was an entertaining read. The story is engaging, set in an interesting point in American history. Well written, funny- altogether not a bad Summer read. Anyone interested in reading similar books should consider Austin Clarke's 'Toronto Trilogy' about West Indian domestic workers living in Toronto.
Date published: 2011-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great gift! As a person who is always struggling to find a gift book for friends & family, I was so happy to find this book. I stayed up late last night to finish this page-turner, then couldn't sleep for thinking about it - I can't wait for my husband and friends to read it, too!
Date published: 2011-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not put down This book is a wonderful account of life in the south. One you are aware exisits but shudder to realize the severity and the consequences of life as "The Help". It leaves me wanting more, I want to know more about the characters and what happens next in their lives. I found myself cheering for their successes and crying over the loss. Riveting.
Date published: 2011-05-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Captivating The Help by Kathryn Stockett is a captivating story that kept me reading non stop. Perhaps this is because I remember the era and all of its turmoil, but I suspect it is more because of Stockett's poignant prose and story-telling skill. The unforgetable characters still clutter my mind, and I have had to take a break from reading in order to savour the after effects of this compelling story. Stockett has made me examine my own attitudes and search out my own prejudices in order to become a better person. What more could be asked of a writer? Aside from this, the book is a great read.
Date published: 2011-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! Fabulous book!! This book just engulfs you into the story. You really feel the characters and what they go through. I'm going to be tucking into this book again!
Date published: 2011-05-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A very good story, well-told! This is a story about the segregated South and a woman who wants to tell the stories of the women who tend to their homes. It's a wonderfully written, sometimes funny, sometimes painful story. I really liked the character development. Towards the end, I felt the book went on a bit too long, but overall it was well done. I was especially taken by the way the author wrote each character's story. She did a great job setting out each character's inflection and tone. I could almost hear the characters speaking to me.
Date published: 2011-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compelling Set in 1960's Mississippi, we are introduced to the affluent white and their black domestic help. Separated by generations of hatred and misunderstanding, the story revolves around three very different women who find the courage to rise above the only lives they've ever known. This book examines the relationships that invariably develop between the help and their employers-the good, the bad, and the very ugly. You will not want this book to end.
Date published: 2011-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic, beautiful story! Saw this as one of Heather's Favourites sent to my inbox and decided to pick it up. Am certainly glad I did! (and for me find the Heather's Picks offer great suggestions). Great character development and storyline, couldnt put it down.... read in one sitting and have since read again! Kathryn Stockett creates believable characters (and supporting characters) in a real story! Am looking forward to seeing this made into a film this summer! Hope it can live up to the high expectations the book set.
Date published: 2011-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Characters, Story, and Writing I grew up in South Africa and this novel really resonated with me - I’ve recommended it to many friends. Set in 1960s Mississippi, Stockett explores the complex relationships between “the help” and their employers. This is enriched by the story being told from multiple characters’ viewpoints, each with a distinct voice and perspective. With this subject matter, it’s easy to fall into triteness and stereotypes. The author has avoided this and the story rings true, portraying people at their best and at their worst and the spectrum in between. Stockett recreates the 60s with an eye for detail and the absurdities of segregationist practices. It is an excellent book and I look forward to reading it again.
Date published: 2011-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A rare gift Novels like 'The Help' are for me a rare gift, a combination of excellent writing, authentic characters I not only want to get to know, but grow to genuinely love, and all set on a historical backdrop, that leaves me feeling like I've been plucked out of the now, and transported to another time. I literally had difficulty putting this book down, and when I did, I couldn't stop thinking about when I'd get to pick it up again. This novel is a must read, you too will adore these women, cheer them on, worry for them, laugh along with them and feel their pain. One of my favorite books of 2010.
Date published: 2011-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb This book is a must read for anyone who enjoys historical fiction. Fast paced with believable characters.
Date published: 2011-03-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A must read The year is 1962. The place is Jackson, Mississippi. A place where black maids are good enough to raise white children but are considered the 'scum' of the earth. Aibileen works for Miss Leefolt, raising Mae Mobley and keeping house. Mae Mobley's mother just doesn't have a clue with respect on how to deal with children and doesn't even like her own child. Minny used to work for Miss Hilly's mother but Minnie's outspokenness and ways of getting even for the injustices have caused her to be fired. Now Miss Hilly, the ringleader of white society, has told everyone that Minnie stole some silver. It doesn't matter if it is true or not Minnie is now unemployable. Minnie finally finds a job on the outskirts of town for Miss Celia. Miss Celia comes from the wrong side of the tracks and is trying to 'get into' the bridge club and help with the volunteer work of the society ladies. Miss Skeeter is home from college and already playing bridge and writing the newsletter for the League. She aims to become a journalist or writer. At first she gets the job of writing household tips for the local newspaper. But she decides to write about the maids and their employers. Will anyone have the courage to assist her and tell her their stories? Is it a story she is willing to hear? The courage of these maids in this time period is profound. The racism and segregation is shown for what it was, just wrong. This book has the black women speaking in dialects but the white woman not. I am not from the South but wonder why Miss Skeeter has no dialect. This is a very compelling read; a book about love, hate, abuse, mistrust, attachment and three very strong females.
Date published: 2011-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read! Once I started reading this book I could not put it down! Kathryn Stockett does an amazing job or creating three narrative voices and intertwining their stories. I just started a blog and was lucky enough to have "The Help" as my first read. Visit my blog to read more about this wonderful novel! http://uncoverabook.blogspot.com/2011/02/1-help-by-kathryn-stockett.html
Date published: 2011-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't wait to get back I was upset every time I had to put this book down. This was one of those books I just wanted to read straight through! With a riveting cast of characters, excellent writing and compelling stories, it had it all! Reading the stories of each of the women, and the way the author wove them all together, made this a fresh and interesting read. Loved it.
Date published: 2011-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! Couldn't put it down! I absolutely loved this book! I couldn't put it down and ended up staying up super late every night I read it. I loved how the book switched between the three main characters. It was really well written and I definitely recommend it to everyone! You will love it! Can't wait for the movie! I hope it can live up to this wonderful book!
Date published: 2010-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! It is the early 60's in Jackson, Mississippi. There is still segregation in the South. Skeeter is a young woman, just home from school, and she wants to be a writer. In secret, she plans to meet with some of the black maids in her town to interview them, and write a book about their experiences. Wow! This was really really good. I usually give an extra 1/4 star for an amazing audio, and this definitely deserves it, but 5 is the highest I can give. I think I still would have given 5 stars for the story (though I was thinking 4.5 for a long time, but I bumped it in the last 1/4 of the story or so), but the audio really is amazing! The story is told from three viewpoints, Skeeter's, plus two of the maids she is interviewing: Minny and Aibileen. The women who do the voices are amazing, their accents, and their attitudes come right through in their voices.
Date published: 2010-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful story The story is about the lives of African American maids working for white women in 1960 Jacksonville Mississippi. It focuses on three characters, but involves many others. The story of a well to do white women and two African American maids. One woman is the daughter of a plantation owner and has dreams of becoming a journalist in a time where women went to collage to find a husband and have children. One maid is a sassy, mouthy mother of four and husband to a drunken wife beater, while the other maid is a widowed grandmother who takes care of other women's children. The four are drawn together by the aspiring journalist who takes it upon herself to write the stories of the African American maids in her area and publish them to bring their stories to the world, and hopefully bring about positive change in a place where Martin Luther King and the civil rights movements does not hold much sway at the time. Fairly historically accurate. The book does refer to Martin Luther King and the movement he founded, as well as several shocking racially motivated hate crimes that really did happen in the 1960s. A touching account of the lives of four very different personality oriented women and their polar opposite upbringings. This story really shows how color and class are no real division when it comes to the love and bonds of friendship and femininity. An absolutely beautiful story. A must read and destined classic.
Date published: 2010-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Page turner! Loved this book. It has an amazing cast of characters. I couldn't put this book down and read it in just a few days.
Date published: 2010-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Help “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett is the type of book I love; I made so many friends while reading the book that once I was finished I started missing them. This story is told by three ladies: Skeeter who is white and fresh out of college and returns to living at home with her parents and their African American hired help, Aibileen who is a middle age African American maid who also raises the children of the families she works for and by Minny another African American maid who tends to speak her mind and often loses her jobs as a result. Skeeter when she arrives back home finds out that the African American lady who took care of her while growing up no longer works for the family and no one will tell Skeeter why or where she has gone. The time period is in the 1960’s and Mississippi is boiling with racism and Skeeter decides to write a novel about African American women and their stories about working for white families. The result of writing this book alienates Skeeter from her friends and puts in danger the lives of those who tell her their stories. Aibileen, who has recently lost her son, is the first to tell her stories to Skeeter and she and Skeeter form a friendship and work together to get other maids to tell their stories. Minny is reluctant, but eventually agrees to tell her stories to Skeeter. She has a hard time keeping employment, and is outspoken and abrupt with people, but deep down she protects those she loves even if it means sacrificing her own protection. This book shows the fine lines people walk when confronted with how they feel about each other whether in regards to race, income, education or family connections. It shows how someone can depend entirely on another person to raise their children or to cook and clean for them yet will not let them use the same bathroom or share the same grocery stores. While some stories of the maids or stark and shocking some are touching and show the depth of intimacy and caring between the help and the employer. The truth behind race and friendship and how it affects society and families is wonderfully portrayed in this book. I loved this book and it made me weep, laugh and form friendships, it is a book I will be thinking about for a while. To see beyond race, status, wealth and education and truly look at who a person is, that is what I want to do. Wonderful read!
Date published: 2010-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read! Excellent first novel please keep them coming! From vivid characters that make you feel you know them to difficult issues and unspeakable acts Stockett pulls us in and delivers and amazing read.
Date published: 2010-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely fantastic! The Help is a well-craft, readable, heart warming story all on it's own, but what really makes me give a five star review is are fantastic narrators who make this story come alive. This may be the best audiobook I have listened to yet.
Date published: 2010-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read This book was a real eye opener for me. The author really has a knack for developing her characters which made the story very authentic. A must read for all. Marie Suzanne Dillon, author of "Two Weeks in Vieques"
Date published: 2010-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it ! I just could not put this book down...I laughed with the "cast of characters", was sad with them and jumped for joy at their success. My best congratulations to Ms Stockett...this book should be mandatory reading in high schools everywhere.
Date published: 2010-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! I was unable to put this book down. Kathryn Stockett's depiction of southern life in the 60's is perfect... you can almost feel the humidity and racial tension. I finished it in two days and wished there was more. A wonderful read !
Date published: 2010-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Buy this book! I LOVED THIS BOOK! Couldn't put it down. It will make you laugh, cry and feel for the characters like they were friends of yours. This is one of those books that you don't want to end because it is so good.
Date published: 2010-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a book.... This book is AMAZING. I could not put it down, I have been telling EVERYONE about it. This is a well written story.. Absolutely LOVE IT.
Date published: 2010-08-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good story? Yes. Literature? No. I was thoroughly enjoying the characters in this book and really in awe of how the author could write in three different voices but the book started to get on my nerves about halfway through. I started feeling as if I'm reading a proposal for a Hollywood movie instead of a nuanced book. The material is rich, deep, and riveting and it was almost reduced to a simplistic binary good vs evil. I would have been much more interested to know more about the social pressures and whatever other context that led the 'bad' characters to turn a blind eye to obvious injustice. Instead, they are bad. They don't even love their children. If we are to learn anything about past wrongs to prevent a repeat of history a sincere exploration of what made racial inequality acceptable is more useful and interesting. Something beyond saying the perpetrators are simply shallow. The one good thing about this book is hearing the story from the side of the oppressed. That side rang true.
Date published: 2010-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New Favourite of 2010 I could not put this book down. It covers every emotion you have, its sad, happy, funny, dramatic with a little romance thrown in. I am going to tell everyone I know to read this book. Thank you Kathryn Stockett.
Date published: 2010-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved... so loved this book. I cried, felt angry, and laughed out loud. I just couldn't put the book down, and couldn't stop thinking about the characters, after I put the book away ....can't wait to see what else Kathryn Stockett produces..
Date published: 2010-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Touching and inspiring A delightful, uplifting read on a subject that could have turned out very dark- Thanks to the charming characters, so well described, I could actually visualize them throughout the story...It is, however, their tenacity and determination that surfaces and hold the story together...They are truly endearing and so funny at times, with their unique language, their devotion to these families and amongst each other- They could rely on each other's strengths and courage to move their plan forward...By the way, a really good plan...
Date published: 2010-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely book I couldn't put down this book. I loved the theme, the POV, diction, and characters. This story is touching and poignant. It made me laugh and cry. I met the author at the BEA in NYC and she seemed genuinely nice. I enjoyed this book so much I got a copy for one of my friends and she told me she absolutely loves it. Great book!
Date published: 2010-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! This book was amazing! Written from the perspective of an African American maid during the early 1960's. This book will make you laugh and cry. I loved it!
Date published: 2010-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ten Stars If I could give this book 10 stars I would. I have never enjoyed , laughed and cried so much in a book as I have here. Set in 1960's Jackson Mississippi, we are introduced to the affluent white who have as their domestics, black help .Skeeter, a recent graduate of the university returns to Jackson with new ideas, and wants to write a book , with real stories, based on the lives of the black maids .This endeavor is not as easy as one would think. 3 characters Skeeter, Minny & Aibileen come to life before our eyes.That is how powerful their voices are.Set during the civil rights movement we see through Minnie & Aibileen the injustices exhibited in the past as well as the present.. We also see the ignorance some of the elite white still have. Kathryn Stockett does an excellent job here. the dialect of the characters is spot on. The character development of the key characters is paced really well, and the humour is very well placed. I really loved this book and recommend it highly!!!
Date published: 2010-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Such a great book! The kind of book you stay up all night to read even though you have to get up at 6:00 a.m. for work! Highly recommended. I find myself missing the characters and I want to know more about what happens...
Date published: 2010-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful, wonderful book! This was an absolutely tremendous book! Set in the sixties in Jackson, Mississippi, this is the story about the black "help" who work for the white families. Specifically, it is about two black maids, Minnie and Aibileen, and one of the white women, Skeeter. Chapters are grouped together and the story told from the perspective of these three women. The book looks at the relationships that develop between the help and their employers - the good, the bad, and the very ugly. Parts of the book were absolutely shocking. The fundamental beliefs held by some people during this era of history seem hard to comprehend. How can people treat other people like that? But then perhaps not that much has actually changed in some places. The story was riveting and compelling making this one of the best books that I have read in quite a while.
Date published: 2010-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved Loved Loved it I took this book on vacation with me and it was the perfect escape. I read it and my friend read it, then I passed it to my sisters and have since spread the word. I was so taken by the depth of characters that I almost felt I could reach inside the book and touch them. It is the kind of book you don't want to end! Kathryn Stockett nails it with her ability to relate the relationship between white women and their black maids in Mississippi in the 60s. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2010-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful, warm, humourous and serious at the same time! I found The Help from reading on line reviews, and when I went to the store to look at it, I was compelled from the first pages! It continued to be interesting throughout, and was written also with the humour that the maids would have had, which I am sure what got the real true slaves, maids, and underprivileged black people through their tribulations. The Help takes us to Mississippi, during the 60's, my childhood, and I can well relate to what was happening politically even though I am not American. Just opening a paper, hearing the news would set us straight as to what was happening because we could look at it rather objectionably, being Canadians. Could have been a true story, but it is not like Roots or any other book/film I have read or seen. This is the story of a white woman who, wondering what to write in her first novel, and clamoring for a journalist's job, puts into written words the accounts of many black maids who had many stories -- some even good ones -- about how they'd been treated in those years by their white employers. A wonderful, easy, heartwarming book! Congratulations to Kathryn Stockett on her first novel!
Date published: 2010-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Characters I loved every minute of this book. The story itself is terrific, but it was the rich characters and the relationships among them that really did it for me. I can't wait to read something else by this author.
Date published: 2010-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply divine! Set in Jackson, Mississippi during the 1960s, The Help is the story of the affluent white women and their coloured help. Separated by generations of hatred and misunderstanding, it is about three women who find the courage to rise above the only way they have ever known to question what has always been done. Stockett, who was raised by “coloured help”, has tackled the topic by ambitiously adopting the voices of Minnie and Aibileen, two coloured maids working for white families along with that of Miss Skeeter, an aspiring writer and member of the local chapter of the Ladies League. Despite the fact that I cannot comment on the authenticity of these unfamiliar voices, their stories seem to ring true and resonate with all that I know about the time period. Although the harsh realities of this time in history are devastating, Stockett has managed to create a work of fiction with enough humour and strength to result in an uplifting read. I definitely recommend this debut novel, which could be compared to The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd.
Date published: 2010-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It wasn't that long ago... This is a wonderful novel. It is hard to believe that the type of treatment and segretation described in this book was so recent in history. The story is told by 3 narrators, and varies from chapter to chapter which I found to be an interesting way to keep my attention. I loved the character of Aibileen, who was so endearing to all the children she raised, the homes in which she served, and to her friends. She is the type of character you instantly grow attached to, and root for; I felt like she was talking to me, the way the author punctuated her accent in the words chosen and written with accent. I recommend this story as an eye-opener to the attrocities of racism, particularly in the southern United States, where this story is set, in the 1950-60s. I recommend this story as a testament to survival skills, hard work, and how a small undertaking helped in its own way to change the world. A thoroughly enjoyable read.
Date published: 2009-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from VERY VERY GOOD The Help It’s been a long time since I read a book where I connected with the voice of the characters in the first 50 pages. This book was one of those. You can read a synopsis online or on the cover so I won’t do so here. The author writes well, it is easy to read, and all of the characters seem (to me) very real. The storyline is about facing your fears, growing as a person and doing what’s right instead of doing what’s easy. Sounds preachy but really it’s not since it is so well imbedded in an interesting story you hardly notice until the plot starts coming together. Though it deals with a delicate subject matter in a place and time past, it helped to first read the acknowledgements in the back before reading the story. The acknowledgements did not give any of the story away but help to give context to the plot. I really enjoyed this as a story and would recommend it.
Date published: 2009-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Best In Years" This author has a way of grabbing your attention at the beginning and hanging on, leaving you wanting more at the end. The way the black maids were treated in the South was deplorable. The fact that the white women were not concerned with the dilemna as long as their needs were met was appalling. You will find yourself siding with the nervous maids who told their tales of housekeeping for the white women at the risk of losing everything they had including the chance to work for someone else. Two of the maids, Aibileen and Minny, had enough courage and faith in " Skeeter ", the author of the book about them, to tell all and then some. A wonderful story, brilliantly told !
Date published: 2009-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding! This has become one of my favorite books. Growing up as a child of the 80's and 90's in Canada this book gave me a very real glimpse of racial segregation in the south in the 60's. The love and empathy that develop's for each of the woman who have a voice in this book makes it impossible to set down. Miss Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny leave you cheering for them each step of the way. Kathryn Stockett has written a novel that will have you laughing, crying, frustrated, infurirated, heart broken, elated, anxious, engrossed and always wanting more. If you only read 1 novel this summer make it 'The Help'.
Date published: 2009-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful read!! I got this book from my local library and hoped I would have enough time to finish it. I could not put it down! it's brilliant. The way that Kathryn writes how "The Help" characters (Southerners with domestic help and the domestic staff themselves) is marvellous. I could 'hear' all the characters talking and saying the things that they would say. It's like having a secret camcorder that time travels back to the time of 'whites only" and "blacks only" The book also reminds us that no matter what color you are, what financial/social brackett you fall into--we can all have prejudices that are based on past experinces and thus forget to give people the benefit of a doubt. The story is about a town in Missippi in the 60's during the Civil Rights Movement, Martin Luther King demonstrations, Negros fighting for their civil rights. A woman named Skeeter is tired of the hypocrisy of rich caucasian women trying to raise funds for "the poor black children in Africa" while treating people who they see on a daily basis as if they were animals. She decides to make peace in her mind by interviewing the domestic workers in secret and uncovers a world where not everything is as it seems. She uncovers families who valued and appreciated even loved their 'staff' but who due to the turbulent times with segregation were too afraid to openly show their feelings. Their employers range from the beautiful yet insecure, the "must keep up with the Jones-ie 2 kids, nice house etc" and the ones who are so conditioned to believe that the white race was supreme. She touches on the lives and feelings of domestic staff, the affection they feel for the children they look after-but knowing that eventually parental prejudices will take over their innocence and acceptance of the woman who raise them. I dont' want to give too much away but I guess the main thing I felt was that I was cheering for all the "help" and felt extremely sad when the book was finished, not from the ending but because I enjoyed reading it so much. I only hope she will write again and soon.
Date published: 2009-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Storytelling I have to admit that I was emotionally enthralled for the entire duration of reading this book from cover to cover. Stockett is a masterful storyteller, her narrative pulls you in, the suspense keeps you engaged, and the drama makes you want to shed a tear. This book is important because it explores the Jim Crow South in a way that is deeply personal, in a way that no textbook, no documentary could ever explain it. The evil of racism is not simply in the discrimination, but in the way it institutionalizes the power relations between white and black. The lives of these women really pulls you into their world. As for the story itself, again, Stockett does a great job developing the central characters through multiple monologues. Stockett is also great at using literary devices like irony and satire to great effect. The only criticism I must admit though is that the ending appears cut short a little leaving a slight sense of incompleteness. Overall, this is one of the best novels I have read in a long long time.
Date published: 2009-06-18

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The Help

by Kathryn Stockett

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 464 pages, 9.28 × 6.32 × 1.56 in

Published: February 10, 2009

Publisher: Putnam Adult

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0399155341

ISBN - 13: 9780399155345

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Two days later, I sit in my parent's kitchen, waiting for dusk to fall. I give in and light another cigarette even though last night the surgeon general came on the television set and shook his finger at everybody, trying to convince us that smoking will kill us. But Mother once told me tongue kissing would turn me blind and I'm starting to think it's all just a big plot between the surgeon general and Mother to make sure no one ever has any fun. At eight o'clock that same night, I'm stumbling down Aibileen's street as discreetly as one can carrying a fifty-pound Corona typewriter. I knock softly, already dying for another cigarette to calm my nerves. Aibileen answers and I slip inside. She's wearing the same green dress and stiff black shoes as last time. I try to smile, like I'm confident it will work this time, despite the idea she explained over the phone. "Could we…;sit in the kitchen this time?" I ask. "Would you mind?" "Alright. Ain't nothing to look at, but come on back." The kitchen is about half the size of the living room and warmer. It smells like tea and lemons. The black-and-white linoleum floor has been scrubbed thin. There's just enough counter for the china tea set. I set the typewriter on a scratched red table under the window. Aibileen starts to pour the hot water into the teapot. "Oh, none for me, thanks," I say and reach in my bag. "I brought us some Co-Colas if you want one
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From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

Kathryn Stockett was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. After graduating from the University of Alabama with a degree in English and Creative Writing, she moved to New York City where she worked in magazine publishing and marketing for nine years. She currently lives in Atlanta with her husband and daughter. This is her first novel.

Editorial Reviews

? The Help by Kathryn Stockett is a story that made me weep as I rejoiced for each of humanity?s small but steady triumphs over hate and fear. I will never forget this wonderful book.? ?Dorothea Benton Frank ?A magical novel. Heartbreaking and oh so true, the voices of these characters, their lives and struggles will stay with you long after you reluctantly come to the end.? ?Robert Hicks, New York Times ? bestselling author of The Widow of the South ?I love The Help . Kathryn Stockett has given us glorious characters and a powerful, truth-filled story. Abilene, Minny and Skeeter, show that people from this troubled time came together despite their differences and that ordinary women can be heroic.? ?Jill Conner Browne, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of The Sweet Potato Queens series and resident of Jackson, MS ?Set in the rural South of the 1960''s, THE HELP is a startling, resonant portrait of the intertwined lives of women on opposite sides of the racial divide. Stockett''s many gifts ? a keen eye for character, a wicked sense of humor, the perfect timing of a natural born storyteller ? shine as she evokes a time and place when black women were expected to help raise white babies, and yet could not use the same bathroom as their employers. Her characters, both white and black, are so fully fleshed they practically breathe ? no stock villains or pious heroines here. I''m becoming an evangelist for The Help . Don''t miss this wise and astonishing debut.? ?Joshilyn Jack
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