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The Help

48 Ratings: 3.2
A book by Kathryn Stockett.

Starred Review. What perfect timing for this optimistic, uplifting debut novel (and maiden publication of Amy Einhorn's new imprint) set during the nascent civil rights movement in Jackson, Miss., where black women were trusted to raise white children … see full wiki

Author: Kathryn Stockett
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam
20 reviews about The Help
review by . July 15, 2012
I am a white man who has never lived in Mississippi and would have been the age of little Mae Mobley at the time period covered in the book. But to dismiss this as a "woman's book" or in any other way attempt to excuse myself from reading would have been unacceptable.      By now everyone who wants has read the book or seen the excellent movie version of it, which was nominated for several Academy Awards, winning Octavia Spencer the award for Actress in a Supporting …
review by . July 12, 2010
My book group chose to read Kathryn Stockett's "The Help," and I was a little apprehensive when I started reading. The author is a white and writes in the voices of two black women, which made me uncomfortable. (How am I to know if the characters are authentic? The author has never been in those characters' shoes.) Plus, I thought the subject had been done before.      But apprehensions aside, I was blown away by the story. It is engaging and thought-provoking. …
review by . May 16, 2010
The story is set in Jackson, Mississippi, in the early sixties, and narrated by three women: Aibileen is an older housemaid who has raised seventeen white children, Minny is a younger domestic with a hot temper, and Skeeter is a wealthy, white, college graduate who has just returned home to her critical mother.       The story starts off as a look at bored, rich women with nothing better to do than gossip about each other while being insensitive if not downright cruel to "the …
review by . July 09, 2010
On recommendation by the book club to which I belong, I opened the cover of The Help, Kathryn Stockett's debut novel and one which has garnered a great deal of attention--including well over 2,000 reviews on Amazon and counting fast. Indeed, a second review appears on The Smoking Poet, a literary ezine I manage, written by Jeanette Lee, which pretty much sums up all that, to my mind, needs be said.     I add, then, my personal opinion. First impression: yikes. I read a few sentences …
review by . July 04, 2010
The Help by Kathryn Stockett is one of the best books I have read in a long time. The book is set in the Jackson, Mississippi during the 1960s. The book follows the stories of several African American maids working in the homes of wealthy white women. It is written in multi-perspective narrative form. I picked up this book because it was recommended to me by a friend and was not disappointed by the recommendation. From the first page, I was hooked to the unique style of writing. Kathryn Stockett's …
Quick Tip by . January 27, 2011
Intriguing and addictive read about African American maids in the south in the 1960's. The change in perspectives gave this novel great suspense.  My only complaint is that I would have liked a chapter in the voice of Hilly or Celia - the most intriguing characters IMO.
review by . July 06, 2010
I loved this book- the story and the characters and the writing- and here's why: The main story here- of the women who nanny and clean the house, their backgrounds and how they relate to one another- is a solid one and written well enough to be its own book.  But the secondary story is even better.  It's a story of what happens when people cross party lines and create something unique together.  I was reading the book and feeling very involved when, wham!, this second story …
review by . June 20, 2010
The Help is a page-turning story that takes place in Jacksonville, Miss in the pre-civil rights 1960's about the segregated relationships between the wealthy white land-owners and their hired black help. Narrated by one wealthy white woman, Skeeter and two maids; hot headed-genius in the kitchen, Minny, and aging benevolent, Abilene.      Skeeter returns from graduating college back home to Jacksonville where she will see through the inequities between employers and the help …
review by . February 06, 2010
Wow. I've been trying to find the words to review this one since I finished reading it, but I'm not coming up with the right thing here. This book is, simply, amazing. I was shocked to learn this was the first book by this author. The writing is beautiful, eloquent... just... good.    The setting is post segregation, not long after MLK is shot in Jackson, Mississippi. Someone decides to write a book about being a black maid to a white family. It's poignant, it makes you think, …
review by . January 28, 2010
What more is there to say that 1,500 other reviewers haven't already said. I just wanted to add my two cents.    I loved this book. It was so well written and poignant that once I started it was hard to put down.    I LOVED the women in Stockett's story, even the nasty ones. They were all very real and many of them were people I would have loved to sit down and have a glass of iced tea with on a hot southern day.    Although Stockett makes …
review by . May 10, 2010
Skeeter Phelan, new college grad, wants to become a serious writer. Following the advice of a New York editor, she decides to write about something that bothers her, the treatment given by her mother and friends to their household help. As she begins interviewing the maids, Skeeter opens her mind to the terrible injustices woven into Mississippi society by old Jim Crow. The novel has three narrators, Skeeter herself and two maids, Minny and Aibileen. What evolves are deeply emotional stories about …
review by . April 09, 2009
From page one until almost the last, this story impressed me on many levels--      As a writer, I was impressed and envious that a first novel could be SO good.      As a reader, I fell in love with the voices of the book's 3 main characters--Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny--and never wanted their story to end.      As a human being, the stories of black servants and their white employers in 1960s Mississippi alternately wrenched my heart …
review by . June 12, 2009
As a member of the Amazon Vine Program I have read and reviewed between 30-40 books. Many of these books have been quite good while only a few have been stinkers. "The Help" is by far the best book that have I read through the Vine program. It really is in a class by itself.     "The Help" is not for everyone - only about 98% of us will really enjoy it. A couple of the negative reviews mentioned poor character development - which I find very hard to believe. Very few modern books …
review by . August 20, 2009
The impression I am most left with after reading Kathryn Stockett's debut novel is how real and genuine it felt. I didn't detect a contrived character or situation in the entire story. On top of that, this tale set in the deep south during the early civil rights era strikes ever note in an authentic manner. From the descriptions of the communities to the various manners in which the character spoke, it all rings true.     Fans of recent historical fiction (a la North & South …
review by . April 19, 2009
Sneaky Kathryn Stockett: You made the chapters and the segments within the chapters just short enough that I'd read one and think, "Well, just one more won't hurt," and before I knew it, I was up an hour past my bedtime just so I could read "one more..." But seriously, I'm not complaining; when a book is this good, you are so wrapped up in the story that putting it down is a chore no matter what the time of day.    The Help is the story of the "colored" domestic help many southerners …
review by . April 18, 2009
The astounding singer, Nina Simone wrote the song, "Mississippi Goddam" in 1964 in response to the merciless 1963 killing of civil rights leader, Medgar Evers in Jackson, Mississippi. Mississippi. The state of Mississippi, along with Alabama, were among the most egregious, hard-core, racist, states of the Union back in the day. It was as if the people of those two states never got the memo that slavery had ended; I have long been aware of this fact. It was with this awareness, that I read a new …
review by . April 18, 2009
Nothing that I write is going to do this novel justice. This book speaks for itself.    A brilliant debut by Kathryn Stockett that will become a classic. An excellent example of strong women willing to sacrifice their safety and life as they know it for a cause they believe in. This is a book I will be talking about for a long time.     Buy it!
review by . March 08, 2009
Karthryn Stockett has made a bold, brilliant and successful effort with her first novel, The Help. I found the writing amazingly poignant. The author vividly takes you into the lives of a number of characters and their relationships with each other. The plot is smart - you'll find yourself eagerly turning the pages with bated breath to see what the villain does next and to determine what will become of the large social and political risk many of the maids take. You may find yourself questioning …
review by . February 10, 2009
This book is well-written on so many levels. It's one of the books about which I want to simply say, "Read it. Trust me -- just read it." But I'll try to be more specific. The story is clearly told using alternating points of view (which is a device that I love but is sometimes poorly done). Since two of the three narrators are Black maids living in Mississippi in 1962, they speak in dialect. I have recently realized that I do NOT like reading novels written with too much dialect, but author Kathryn …
review by . February 16, 2009
An awesome portrayal of the incredibly complex dynamic between the "colored help" or domestics, and their White employers. Set in the town of Jackson, Mississippi in the 60s, the novel revolves around the lives of three women--Minny, Abilene, and Miss Skeeter. Minny and Abilene are both "Negro" women who serve as domestics for their White counterparts. Miss Skeeter is friendly with the women for whom Abilene and Minnie work.    Abilene has been serving the Leefolt family for …
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