The Help: Book Review


The Help by Kathryn Stockett

I read this this week as a start off for my American Civil Rights Project. What can I say, it was excellent Kathryn Stockett just left me at the end of every chapter wanting to read more.

It is the 1960’s in Jackson, Mississippi where there is a barrier between white people and colored. Where the help are trusted to look after white peoples babies and not to steal the silver. Where the white wives don’t want to use the same toilet as the help and treat them like dirt.

Skeeter is a 22 year old white lady back from college with a degree but all her mother wants is to see Skeeter married. She hates the talk against the help and when offered a published book if it is interesting she decides to write about the stories and views of the white ladies from the help.

Aibleen is one of the help. Raising her seventeenth white child and suffering from the loss of her own son. After seeing the injustices her friends suffer and wanting to act on them she helps Skeeter with her book.

Minny is one of the help. With the best cooking in Jackson but the sassiest tongue that has lost her another job she begins working for a new couple in town who don’t know her reputation. After a lot of pushing she also helps skeeter with her book.

This book had so many funny moments. At some points I was probably about to wet myself. Kathyrn really told a story, her characters were so likeable, her story sad, funny and happy at different times sometimes all at once. I really enjoyed this book from start to finish

Favourite Quote:

You is good. You is smart. You is important.

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