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The Help by Kathryn Stockett
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Sep 23, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: honorable-mentions
Read from August 08 to 11, 2011

Usually, I try to steer clear of novels that are as hyped up as this one. Key word: try. Almost all the time, however, I end up getting sucked into the popularity. The Help is no exception.

This is in no way a "modern classic" or anything of the sort. This is very much an easy-reading, feel-good kind of novel, but that's all it really wanted to be. It didn't try to achieve the unachievable or be something it's not; it was, in my opinion, a story about small steps towards beating racism but not completely conquering it. It gave glimmers of hope for what would happen after the story ended, and I thought the author handled it very well.

While I won't speak about the colloquial dialogue and whether or not it's accurate (I'm not the person to ask), I really enjoyed the voices of the three narrators. Actually, all the characters were intriguing. There were no stock villains or heroes to be found, and they all had complexities with which one could sympathize. Kathryn Stockett brought them to life in three dimensions, and I can't think of any I didn't enjoy reading about.

If you're one of the few who hasn't read this, I would definitely recommend it.
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Reading Progress

08/08/2011 page 14
3.0% "Oh, look, it appears as though I'm giving into the hype." 6 comments
08/11/2011 page 487
91.0% "SHIT'S GETTIN' REAL." 1 comment
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Thomas I love this book! I'm excited to read your review...

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I just bought this! So excited to start.

Michael :D It's really good. You won't want to put it down.

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