This was such a popular book that I was hesitant to read it. When I saw the preview for the movie I thought "oh, that looks like a fun movie". Since I don't like to see a movie based on a book before reading the book, I read the book.
It starts out light, comfortable, somewhat sad but bearable. Throws in some funny, kind, sweet. Then, when you are completely invested, it is terrifying and horrible. A fantastic book that is easy to read. I'd recommend it to anyone.
It's the early 60's in the south. Skeeter wants to be a writer. Her mother wants her to get married. In an effort to write about something important, Skeeter discovers a great idea. Will Pandora's box be opened?