The Help is one of those books that stay with you from the very first page and on even after you've finished the last. I found this book to be quite t...moreThe Help is one of those books that stay with you from the very first page and on even after you've finished the last. I found this book to be quite the emotional journey and it always gave that feeling of hope; hope that things would change. The message of this book was "Change begins with a whisper". And so it does...
The Help consists of three main character point-of-views: Aibileen, an older black maid who becomes a substitute mother to the white children she takes care of. Minny, a smart-mouth (I prefer the term: sassy) maid who becomes targeted by one of the most influential and hateful white women in Jackson and has to deal with a bad home situation too. And Skeeter, a recently graduated white woman who grew up being taken care of by her maid Constantine. Skeeter is one of those women who was never completely ignorant to what was happening between whites and blacks, but she never completely had her eyes open to what was going on neither. All of this changes, however, when Skeeter starts to write a book with the help of Aibileen, Minny and ten other maids. A book that would surely be taboo to read yet alone write during that time. A book about the good and bad experiences faced by the black 'help' employed by white families.
While the author only wrote this in 2009, Stockett made it feel very authentic to the situation and the time the book takes place around. I thoroughly enjoyed The Help and cannot wait to see the movie.
On a side note, I would just like to mention that while not a lead character, my favourite person in the novel was Celia Foote. She was one of those girls who just tried to fit in with the ladies of society, yet even while they continually rejected her, she never once changed for anybody; not her style, not her manners (in regards to her treating Minny as a person - a big no-no back then), not even her personality. She remained nice and a little off-kilter the entire way through the book, and I absolutely loved that about her. Especially her relationship with husband, Johnny. Those two were very sweet. (less)
I really enjoyed this book. It was a fun, quick read. Plus I may have learnt a little of America's history - at least, a few facts about the Colonial...moreI really enjoyed this book. It was a fun, quick read. Plus I may have learnt a little of America's history - at least, a few facts about the Colonial and Civil War years.(less)
What can I say about La Petite Four? It was quite enjoyable. It centres around Lady Emily and her discovery of the world around her. As a teenager rec...moreWhat can I say about La Petite Four? It was quite enjoyable. It centres around Lady Emily and her discovery of the world around her. As a teenager recently out of school, she seems to have all these hopes and dreams surrounding her future. What she doesn't understand is that sometimes things don't always go the way we plan them. In that day and age, I would have expected her to at least know that to a certain extent her life would have been planned out for her, yet she is very surprised to find out it has been arranged for her to marry Lord Robert.
I did quite like the lengths Lady Emily and her friends went to to expose Lord Robert fiendish ways and the way James Cropper kept appearing seemingly out of nowhere. I should admit that for myself, I found it quite obvious who the bad guy was. What took me a little while to work out was, what evil thing was he up to?
The 'dastardl'y truth was revealed and wrapped up nicely at the end. Maybe a little too nicely. I think I may have expected a little more but at least everything worked out okay in the end. I'm not as fussed with the endings as I am with the journey beforehand, and the journey Emily and her friends went on was entertaining and at times, laugh-out-loud.
Overall, this was a nice, short, uncomplicated read. The type of book I would spend a few hours reading on a rainy day when I'm in the mood for a story that I doesn't require alot of brain power but will still captivate my attention. (less)