I have since posting this learned more about anti-racism, and while I enjoyed this book I think it is really important to acknowledge the problematic things present within it (such as the White Saviour Trope) and how that can be harmful in perpetuating stereotypes/incorrect ideas about racial issues.
This book was written by a white author, and was largely objected by Ablene Cooper (whom the story was partially based around) for being inaccurate/offensive. I take this post as an important learning experience, and am continually working to better educate myself as a reader & writer.
I hope my hiatus will end soon, and will be doing my best to amplify marginalised voices going forward. Thanks everyone! ❤
I finally got around to reading The Help a little while ago, and I’m so glad I did! It was an amazing read, with extremely moving characters and plot.
“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.
This was a fantastic read, a really powerful story. I’d seen the movie when I was younger and enjoyed it, but the book was so well done. I loved following all of the characters, they all felt so real and the way they told their stories had a good mix of strong emotion and also great humour.
I can’t decide which character was my favourite, because I think they were all so well crafted, and the arcs all played out great. I sure did laugh a lot during Minny’s parts though! Do you have a favourite?
I definitely recommend giving this book a read if you haven’t already! I personally found mine at the local thrift book-shop, but I’ll leave the Amazon link here if you don’t have a shop nearby you can find it at.
Have you read The Help by Kathryn Stockett? What did you think?
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