Book Review: The Help

A friend recommended The Help by Kathryn Stockett so I ordered it on audio and listened to it over the past few weeks. It was amazing.

Here is my review on Get Glue:

This story, set in early 1960’s Mississippi, was so powerful. The telling of a group of white society ladies and the black women who work for them was set against the background of the early civil rights movement. As the black families saw some hope in this movement as it swept across the country, the white women struggled to keep the status quo, except or one white woman, who changed all of their lives forever. I “read” this on audio and each of the three main characters were read by different actresses, which really brought the story to life.

One of the things I loved about this book was the no-holds-barred way Stockett addressed the topic of racism without making it feel preachy. It was matter-of-fact, and felt so real that I had to check to make sure this wasn’t the back story about a real book.

I also felt like this book was accessible to me. I’ve felt in the past that race issues weren’t relevant to me – in that I didn’t belong because I’m not a minority. This book welcomed me with open arms. My history does not include slavery or segregation. While I’ve thought about what it might have been like, I never had a personal connection. While this book can’t obviously create a personal connection, in a way I feel like I know people who have lived through the times of segregation.

I would recommended this book to anyone, really. It’s not too heavy and it reads sort of like chick-lit, but it is so much deeper than that because the lives of these women and what they are going through is so important in the history of our country.

The movie based on this book is coming out in August and I can’t wait to see it. I get nervous seeing movies based on books I’ve read, but I hope they capture this story and make it as powerful as the book.

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