Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Book Review: The Help

Okay, so I'm a little behind on posting this review. Before the Memorial Day Holiday weekend even started, I finished reading The Help. I gushed on this site a few times about how much I was in love with the book, as I was so I’m sure you’ve guessed by now that my review would be a positive one. I was actually sad when I got to the last page because I wanted to continue on the journey with Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny. Such courageous women.
While The Help is a novel, the women portrayed represent the real women who grew up and lived through the tumultuous times in the South when racism and segregation was common place. It’s almost hard for me to believe that my mother was alive during this era. It seems so far away from where we are today. Of course, I don’t live under a rock, and I know things aren’t perfect, but it’s difficult for me to think of a society where fellow citizens are treated so inhumanely. 
Kathryn Stockett is an incredible storyteller. She weaved smoothly between stories and characters, connecting all the dots and making me love (or loathe) each woman. I felt as though I could feel the pain, joy, sorrow, fear and relief that these women felt. It was like I was there, watching the stories play out as the fly on the wall. I may have been on a bus on my way to work, but I felt like I was in Jackson, Mississippi.
I simply can not say enough wonderful things about this book. The only thing I'm sorry about is that it took me so long to get around to reading it! I can not wait until the movie comes out this Summer, I hope it's as good as the book! If you haven't read this book yet, I highly recommend it!
By Kathryn Stocket
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Today's workout -
~4.25mile run
50 crunches
stretching

7 comments:

J said...

You may be behind on posting your review - But I am way behind on reading this book! My friend suggested it to me ages ago and I still have not read it even tho I heard it was soo good!

Molly said...

I loved that book! I sat in my hallway in the middle of the night reading it while everyone else slept, I couldn't put it down.

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

I adored this book. I don't know why i stayed away from it for so long, but once I got it just couldn't wait to keep going!!

Elle said...

My friends are all raving about it, too. Better get on it! Thanks for the great review and recommendation.

just found your blog, BTW, and am really liking it.

Eternal Lizdom said...

Read it last summer and couldn't put it down. Might re-read it soon!

Kate said...

Oh, I loved this book so much. What a wonderful read. And I agree...I truly missed the characters once it was over.

Gina; The Candid RD said...

I'm always looking for new books to read, thanks for this recommendation! It sounds different than what I usually read, but I think I like that :)