The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Published by Amy Einhorn Books, an imprint of Penguin
The year is 1962 and the place is Jackson, Mississippi. Aibileen is a black maid who has always accepted her lot in life as paid servant to white women, but she’s starting to have difficulty holding her tongue. Her friend Minny, always a bit more feisty than Aibileen, suddenly finds herself in a position with her employer that she could never have predicted. Along with their new friend, Skeeter, who is rich and white and runs in the same social circles as their employers, Aibileen and Minny begin to write a tell-all book about what it is really like to be a black maid in Mississippi that will change all of their lives forever.
What can I possibly say about The Help that hasn’t been said already? This book was, for me, just as wonderful as everyone told me it would be. I can’t believe I waited so long to read it! I have to say that the characterization is by far the best thing about this novel. The characters felt completely real to me, and in fact I wanted to get to know them even better. I admired the courage Aibileen, Minnie, and Skeeter had for standing up to the standard of their time, and I rooted for the three of them the entire way through. Even the “bad” characters were written so well to the point where I completely believed them. And each character was uniquely complex and interesting – these were fully layered, complete individuals and bravo to Stockett for crafting such a fantastic cast of characters.
I feel like there’s not much point in writing a proper review for The Help because basically everyone else has already read and loved it. Allow me to assure you that, if for some reason you haven’t yet read the book, it is just as fabulous as everyone says it is. I absolutely loved this novel, every single thing about it, and can very highly recommend it.