The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Series: none, a standalone
Publisher: Penguin Books
Number of Pages: 464
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
“You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” – The Help
I think that quote is one of the most well known and important quotes in the book.
One, how it’s said. That’s one of the most unique things about The Help.
Imagine seeing The Help in the bookstore. You pick it up, maybe because of the cover, which I adore, but more likely because you’ve heard so much about it.
You pick it up and open it. And in the first paragraph you notice something different.
“Mae Mobley was born on a early Sunday morning in August 1960. A church baby we like to call it. Taking care a white babies, that’s what I do, along with all the cooking and the cleaning. I done raised seventeen kids in my lifetime. I know how to get them babies to sleep, stop crying, and go in the toilet bowl before they mamas even get out of bed in the morning.”
First of all, the whole book, from three different perspectives, is in first person.
Aibileen Clark, Minny Jackson, and Skeeter Phelan.
Both Aibileen and Minny are African American maids in the 1960s.
And when it was from their point of views, the story was narrated how they would have talked.
You obviously notice right away, as the first chapter is Aibileen.
This different language might make some people put down the book immediately. But it personally intrigued me and made me excited to keep reading.
The curious writing style isn’t the only up side to this book, also the story.
It’s a marvelous plot about standing up for integration rights with just the right amount of drama, character development, and a touch of romance.
Skeeter, who is a writer struggling to find good work, gets the idea to write a book from the point of view of the black maids, the help.
It takes a long time, and they cross many milestones, such as Minny’s stubbornness, Skeeter’s mother, and trouble in the form of a miss Hilly Holbrook.
There’s also Celia Foote, the new ignorant, country as she could be, white woman who hired sassy Minny, Stuart Whitworth, Skeeters possible love interest – or is he? And a number of other colorful characters.
I’ve mentioned how I mostly read YA books, but this one of the exceptions. If even from reading this review, you don’t think you’d like it, try it. it sucks you in surprisingly fast.
Definitely my favorite read this summer that will be re-read over and over again.
~ Alice ( first post! )