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The Help by Kathryn Stockett
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Jun 15, 11

Read in May, 2011

I know I'm a little late to the party, but what can I say, I actually really liked it. I had a writing teacher at Columbia who despised writing in the vernacular, embodying people's accents. But Mark Twain and I think she might be wrong. In any case, I found the voices of the main characters here very true and compelling, although some of the minor characters were a little cardboard-y (I felt I could hear Stockett responding to the advice of her editor or someone who suggested, "Shouldn't there be one maid who gets really mad at Skeeter and feels she's taking advantage of them?" so "Ginger" shows up for three pages. But overall, I was hooked. I read this over the course of a plane ride from Boston to Miami and I was not tempted to sleep (my favorite plane pastime) or turn on the entertainment system once. Good times.

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