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The Help by Kathryn Stockett
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Apr 17, 2012

it was ok
Read from March 23 to April 17, 2012

When I first read this book in hardcover I couldn't put it down and yet something felt wrong. Listening to the audio and reading other reviews I finally realized why. While the book cover puts the two maids Minnie and Abilene center stage, the actual main voice is the white woman Skeeter. We spend so much more time in her life that the book she is writing becomes just another thing she happens to be doing.

We are told over and over again exposure would hurt everyone but nothing happens to any of the maids until the last twenty pages and even then things are wrapped up so quickly that I almost got whiplash. Not only that, but the main "villain" of the piece never really gets her due. I wanted to see people stand up to her and it felt very unsatisfying that nothing happened to her other than a cold sore and a small bit of shame.

This book is history wrapped up in a safe package. You will devour it but be left feeling like Kathryn Stockett didn't go as far as she could have.

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