6th Review from My Best Loved Books: Books that Change the Heart and Mind
A Favorite Quote: “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” -Kathryn Stockett, The Help
The Help written by Kathryn Stockett
Published by : Penguin Group, Putnam Sons, Amy Eihnhorn in February 2009
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.
My take on it: I LOVED LOVED LOVED this book! I can’t say “loved” enough times.The blurb gives the perfect intro, there is not much more that I can add to that except for my feelings while reading this book. This was my book choice for my book club shortly after it came out. It touched me so much that even though I had two other books from the library sitting on my night stand I couldn’t move on from it to something else for a couple of weeks! It was so extremely touching and the message so strong. Like the blurb says, “pitch-perfect voices”. The way Stockett wrote them really brought them to life for me. It made me laugh out loud and it made tears fall. It is a long book but well worth it! An ABSOLUTE must read!!!!