Book Review: The Help by Kathryn Stockett

This book may be long, but it is an engaging, and therefore quick, read. Kathryn Stockett tells the fictional (but semi-autobiographical-ish) story of the intertwining lives of white families and the black women that work for them in Jackson, Mississippi in the early 1960’s. I was wowed most especially by the three first-person perspectives that this novel takes: first, Aibileen, an elderly domestic worker who gets attached to every one of the many white children she’s raised; Minny, a cranky maid who has more under her strong and sassy facade than anyone would imagine; and Skeeter, a college-educated white woman who can’t sit idly by while her friends mistreat their “help.” I really enjoyed this novel, and I would recommend it to anyone with a mind open to hearing someone else’s point of view. (Note – There are some adult situations/themes that might only be appropriate for older teens and adults).

For more information, including book discussion resources, the author’s biography, etc, visit the official website here.


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