My mother read The Help and suggested I read it…over Thanksgiving break. It’s been in my possession since and she’s getting quite annoyed. Every time I mention a book or my blog, she says, “I have a great idea for your next book for your blog. THE HELP.” So, this one’s for you, mom.
This week my goal is to finish The Help, by Kathryn Stockett, since I will be returning to my college campus on Saturday (YES!!!!!)
“Aibileen Clark is a black maid in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, raising her seventeenth white child. She’s always taken orders quietly, but lately it leaves her with a bitterness she can no longer bite back. Her friend Minny Jackson has certainly never held her tongue, or held on to a job for very long, but now she’s working for a newcomer with secrets that leave her speechless. And white socialite Skeeter Phelan has just returned from college with ambition and a degree, but, to her mother’s lament, no husband. Normally Skeeter would find solace in Constantine, the beloved maid who raised her, but Constantine has inexplicably disappeared. Together, these seemingly different women join to work on a project that could forever alter their destinies and the life of a small town–to write, in secret, a tell-all book about what it’s really like to work as a black maid in the white homes of the South. Despite the terrible risks they will have to take, and the sometimes humorous boundaries they will have to cross, these three women unite with one intention: hope for a better day.”
The book was recently made into a movie, one that I really wanted to see but refused to on the principle that I had not yet read the book. I heard that both the book and movie were great, so I’m really looking forward to reading this!
Have any of you read it yet? I’d really like to hear your opinions (without spoilers!)