Book Review: The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step. 

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women—mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends—view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don’t.

This was an outstanding book.  Simply outstanding.  The story, the characters, the writing, the plot, everything about it was outstanding.  I cannot believe that this is Stockett's debut novel.  This was a book that makes you think about the way things are and the way things used to be.  It was deeply moving, I think I cried a couple of times and definitely laughed several times too.  The plot was so realistic it didn't read like fiction.  The Help reads like a story told between friends. 

Just One Gripe:
All that delicious food they make and eat throughout the book made me hungry.

The Best Thing About This Book:
The feeling of authenticity it evokes.

Appropriate for a younger audience:

Characters:  5/5
Plot:  5/5
Setting/Imagery:  5/5
Originality:  5/5
Ending:  5/5
Total Score:  25/25



  1. I just received "The Help" for mothers day and I can't put it down. I'm reading it every chance I get, on my lunch break, in the doctors office, and if I could get away with it, while I'm driving! I'm sure I will have more to say about it when I'm finished.

  2. I have been curious about this one. Your review makes it sound really good! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  3. I've seen this around in a couple of blogs! This is a great review! And the format is similar to mine...which is totally awesome *winks* hehe! Anyway, your review, in my opinion, really captured the essence of the book!

    Here from CEP!

  4. Thank you so much Reggie!
    Jami, it is an outstanding book. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone. It's a must read!

  5. Loved it. Totally and completely loved it. I adore stories about strong, courageous, ground-breaking people, especially when they don't realize it about themselves. It felt like reading a diary, all raw and open.
    I'm glad Natalie pushed me into reading it!

    And 2 words: Caramel Cake. I want.

  6. Yes, me too! But I don't want chocolate pie, LOL. It did read like a diary, that's a great point. I'm looking forward to reading more from Stockett.

  7. I grew up in that time so I remember how things really were. I also liked following the different characters. Loved this book.


  8. Kathryn Stockett tells a gripping story of the segregation of the 1960's. Through the many view points, stories and personalities of her characters you feel as if these characters were real. This is a truly wonderful book and perfect for anyone who needed a heartfelt book to pass the time.


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