By: Melanie | January 2, 2013 | (2) Comments

Title: The Help
Author: Kathryn Stockett
Publisher: Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam
Not In Series
Release Date: February 10, 2009
Pages: 530 (hardcover)
How I Got The Book: Bought the Audiobook at audible.com
Find More Information: Goodreads Link
My Goodreads Review: Review

Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step.
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.


Listening the The Help over audiobook was a great experience, it really worked out with this book as we have three different people’s positions. We can conclude already from the synopsis that they are Minny, Aibileen and Skeeter. Each and everyone one of these woman really sounded like they were in fact belonged to those fiction characters. It felt like I was intruding on in someone’s life, hearing these realistic records. The emotions and alternative thoughts brought me to tears and laughter at so many points in the book.

Set in the nineteen hundred’s, three different women come together and create something that will be so mind blowing and brave, that it feels so real. Aibileen, is probably the most caring and defensive person I’ve ever come across. She has been working as a maid and looked after so many white children, and treats them with the same loyalty as her son. In this book, I’ve become to respect Aibileen and grow onto her so much that I felt like her new best friend. “You is kind, you is smart, you is important.” Those are the words that Aibileen always says to her white baby, and that is the same for Aibileen herself, she was the most kindest person ever and I really thought she stood strong at the end of the book, Aibileen is my favourite character in the book.
Minny, a loyal woman to her friends but she can’t mind her sassy toungue towards white people. Overall, she made me laugh the most with her determination, sass snapping and just her personality in general. Never, would I had thought that Kathryn Stockett could ever pull off a head strong lady and make me love her to bits.
Skeeter, I didn’t like Skeeter at the start, she sounded like her friends all posh and does nothing but talk. WRONG. The further I listened to this heart wrenching novel, Skeeter soon found a place in my heart. She didn’t care what her friends thought, she did what she felt was right no matter how much she just wanted to give up at times. The more I heard of Constantine I really felt the tears boiling up on my eyelids.

Golly gosh, the plot had so many parts to it, Kathryn had to make this place real, by adding the laws and place, which were discribed so intricately. Jackson, Mississippi is a small place in this world, but at the same time, it felt like this world, that was full of problems and laws. A bit dystopia but it is not. It is just a world I never lived in or could have thought about. I really learned a bit more of history after reading this novel. Continuing, Minny, Skeeter and Aibileen venture through their tough lives everyday but now, they have a secret. One that could put all of the in terrible danger and underscribable consequences. And it was all because of these restrictions that these three woman horribly have to live through and desperately want to change.

The Help is a novel that will really swell your heart and seriously change your thought about those past laws. Maybe t’s just me being my empathetic old self, but no, this changes you, alot.

 

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Melanie

Owner (and crazy nut) at YA Midnight Reads
Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.
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2 Responses to The Help By Kathryn Stockett

  1. Book Bunny says:

    I felt that The Help really changed me too! It is such an amazing book 🙂 Have you seen the movie? It’s almost as good as the book ^^ I’m planning on watching it again since I don’t have time to read the book again anytime soon..

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