I’d wanted to read The Help for years! Ever since seeing the movie, I was intrigued to see how the book was written, and when I saw it at on sale at the bookstore, I couldn’t resist! The Help was an incredible book that kept me on my toes the entire time. Even though I’d seen the movie, I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book and even felt like I was hearing this story for the first time.
The Help centers on a young woman named Skeeter who has just come home after graduating from Ole Miss. The year is 1962, and even with a degree, Skeeter’s mother won’t rest until she sees her daughter wed. However, Skeeter has her eyes set on becoming a writer, though nobody seems to understand this desire. The only one who would understand is Constantine, the maid who raised Skeeter, but she’s gone, and Skeeter has no idea where to find her.
Not a person who looks at the color of one’s skin, Skeeter befriends a maid, Aibileen, and an idea begins to form in Skeeter’s mind. What if she wrote a book about the help, they have many stories to tell of their bosses and wives; and she believes that their voices should be heard. Aibileen, who has raised fourteen white children, is at first horrified by this suggestion, but as colored rights start to become a focus in America, Aibileen considers Skeeter’s offer.
The Help is a beautifully written book about the hardships of people of color in the ’60s and also the struggle of class in the white’s world. It’s an inspiring book that made me laugh and fall in love with these people and their stories. Minny was one of my favorite characters, with her wit and stubbornness (chocolate pie anyone?). I loved how Kathryn Stockett, the author, made these characters so realistic! The movie also helped me imagine this book in more clearly. They did a wonderful job of adapting the book into movie form. If you’re a bookworm, like myself, I recommend that you read this book; or, if you’re a movieholic, also like myself, you should definitely check out this movie!