The Help by Kathryn Stockett

May 15, 2012

I cannot get over this book. I loved it from the first page, and I'd have to say it takes the top spot for the books I've read this year. I fell in love with all of the characters. Each was so real and different and very believable. It looks at hard issues and makes my heart ache that there are so many prejudices between people...many of which are very hard for me to comprehend since I grew up in the mid-west instead of the deep south.

At first, I was a little disappointed with the ending. I wanted Elizabeth to stand up to Hilly and trust Aibileen and let her keep her job. But then I realized that one of the reasons I loved this book was for its realism, and really, if it had all ended happily with everything resolved, how realistic would that have been?

I have been raving about this book ever since I finished it. I would recommend it to everyone, with just a word of caution: It does have quite a bit of language in it; some of it didn't bother me, while some of it felt excessive and inappropriate. Also, there is one uncomfortable scene that I skipped over because I'd been warned about it ahead of time.

This review was written before the birth of this blog.

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