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The Help by Kathryn Stockett
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Sep 08, 2011

it was amazing
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Read from August 18 to September 06, 2011 , read count: 1

The story is about three women: Skeeter, Aibileen, and Minny. Each told their side of the story and life they lived from 1962 all the way to sometimes in late 1964. It was set in a small town of Mississipi, located near Jackson. It was a repressive time and it showed in the book.

One of the things that I was hung up on the first few pages was the way some of the writing was written. It was written in a deep southern tone and some words were not even proper english. So at one point I even had to say some out loud. But it was worth it because it kept the nature of the book true in tone.

My favorite part is when everything pulls together for the three main characters. As it happens things get set in motion and unraveling, for the good and bad of their town. But without the book, nothing would have changed and that I liked. It pushed boundaries that needed to be shoved and looked at closer. Something that was true in that time period in the south with freedom marches, Martin Luther King Jr., and the culture that faced all people of that minority.

There are some people who would disagree, saying that the book isn't representing things in true form. But I feel the opposite. I connected to it in such a huge way. My grandmother had a maid, who was black for over 30 years. She may have lived in New Jersey, but the point is my mother grew up having a black maid around the house. I've even met the women when my grandmother had passed away. My grandmother loved her and grounds keeper (also of the same minority). They both got compensated in her will. I think that since it was in the north, it wasn't as bad. But it's still an example of how I believe this book stayed on course and kept true in nature to the situations back then.

I feel this book is great for anyone who grew up in that time and actually lived knowing of having help in the house that wasn't white. It'll ring very true to home. I also feel this book is a great way for the younger generation to maybe understand a little deeper at what our country went through during those times.

Overall, I loved this book to no end. It's officially one of my top 10 favorites and will always have a special place in my heart.

Everyone should read this book at least once.
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Georgette I finally finished this not long ago. I had a hard time with the dialect. What do you think so far?


Rhiannon I had a hard time at first with the dialect, but they I had to think in thick southern tones in my head and it got a little easier or I said the word out loud in a southern accent just in case lol But I think its an amazing book and stays very true to the culture of the 1960's, especially in the south. My mother grew up as a child in the 60's and her mother had a black maid, so I do know to an extent of how it was, even though it was in NJ lol


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Kelly Great review! I have this book on reserve at the library and hope it comes soon!


Rhiannon Kelly wrote: "Great review! I have this book on reserve at the library and hope it comes soon!"

Aww, thank you! And you won't be sorry, maybe about the wait period lol but the book overall is great. I went in with an open mind and expectations not too high.


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