Mama OWL Blog: #50BookChallenge - Book 1 "The Help" (Kathryn Stockett)

#50BookChallenge - Book 1 "The Help" (Kathryn Stockett)

Thursday, 2 February 2012

On Facebook I am part of a group called 'The 50 Book Challenge', the aim being to read 50 books in 2012, and so I decided I would blog my progress, just for fun and to review the books as I go along.

THE HELP - Kathryn Stockett

Now, the first thing you have to get your head around when reading this book, is that is written how it is said. Once you start reading, and imagining the voices of the women telling their stories, it flows nicely and it is so easy to lose yourself in the book.

This book is superbly written, with real laugh out loud humour and is both heart warming and heart wrenching in equal measure, making it such an enjoyable read.

It is told from the perspectives of Aibileen & Minny, the maids, and 'Skeeter' who is the idealistic young white society lady who wants to help them tell their stories despite the danger that they would face if anyone were to find out. Set in Jackson, Mississippi in 1962 "where black maids raise white children but aren't trusted not to steal the silver...", it is a poignant tale of racial intolerance and the efforts of these three ladies to try and change things for the better. The characters are believable and you are gripped from start to finish, I couldn't put it down.

A must read in my opinion, two thumbs up from me. I have even pre-ordered the movie on DVD (released next month) and I can't wait until it comes out!

1 comment:

  1. i read the help based on yours and a couple of others recommendation- oh my god i loved it! can't wait to see the film!


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