Book Review: The Help

Well another book read and I am sure that many of you have either read the book or watched the movie. This book was written in 2009 by Kathryn Stockett. Her first novel and many critics behind it.

I had read this book when it first came out.  I decided to re-read it when it was made into a movie. I loved it all over again.

Set in Jackson Mississippi during the 1960’s it has many tense moments with the conflicts between the two races. Many African-American women were employed by many white households and their stories are told from the first person perspective about the treatment their had to endure whether good or bad.  Skeeter is the white girl who writes their stories but is always in constant fear of being caught.

The African-American maids are afraid that if they are found out that they will be fired from their jobs and the real possibility of being jailed or even worse..killed.  Skeeter Phelan is just home from college in 1962, and, anxious to become a writer.  She begins to collect the stories of the black women on enlisting the help of Aibileen, a maid who’s raised 17 children, and Aibileen’s best friend Minny, who’s found herself unemployed more than a few times after being really sassy  to her white employers.

The book Skeeter puts together based on their stories  brings hope and pride  to the women.  Full of strength and history, this book is now a bestseller.

Written by Trina Stewart

Trina Stewart is the editor-in-chief at Life's a Blog. Currently working through life separated from her husband and finding herself, Trina loves concert photography, hanging out with her single and married besties, and cooking. Stay tuned!

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