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The Help by Kathryn Stockett
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May 29, 2011

it was amazing
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Read in August, 2011

Stockett did a wonderful job of developing the story and time period without making it seem drawn out or overdetailed. The Help is completely character driven and very well paced to where it feels like the events are truly happening naturally and just being chronicled. It's so simple to escape into these maids' lives and witness and sympathize with their troubles and the racial barriers they face.

Minny has to be one of the best characters written in a while; she's stubborn and loud but admirable and lovable. Even through some of the worst times, she holds a solid image and maintains the status of a force to be reckoned with. Aibileen is brave and holds an amazing comprehension and acceptance for others. Regardless of the heartbreak she endures when they learn "the truth" about black people, she takes each kid in as her own. Miss Skeeter is one of the bravest characters that has been written in literature, even if the enemy she faced did not seem quite as deadly initially. Facing a society so rooted in a belief, she stood strong. Her quirkiness and defiance set her apart and had me rooting for her. The supporting characters were all equally interesting and upsetting, although I'd have to say my favorite was Celia because she was just so strange but so naively nice. Hilly was a great villain that truly represents that breed of detestable humans who make it their mission in life to belittle a group of people and hold the highest possible socialite position. I feel like I've just exited their world through a time machine and I'm honestly longing to go back and find out what happens with each of them.

Great characters, great dialogue, great plot. This is bound to be added to the classics list and it's definitely become one of my favorite books!

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