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The Help by Kathryn Stockett
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Mar 15, 12

Read from February 18 to 25, 2012

This book had characters that were strong and decently written, but I've seen them so many times in other stories that I wasn't terribly impressed with them here. The whole story felt unfinished, and I was rolling my eyes at the ending of it. This was even less impressive than The Secret Life of Bees, which at least had the decency to give real consequences to its characters.

Both this book and Secret Life of Bees seemed to me to be cheap ploys at gaining readers because strong, wise, black women living in the Jim Crow era is basically always a good sell. I don't know why, but there it is. It's like the authors said to themselves, "Well, I need a tear-jerker that makes people feel better about themselves. What should I write? Oh, duh - everybody eats up stories about racism in the south. Imma do that."

And it works, because both of these women wrote books that got on the best sellers list, which is more than you can say for most people.
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