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The Help by Kathryn Stockett
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Jul 23, 2009

really liked it
Read in July, 2009

Stockett did a fine job creating three distinct narrators in her novel, THE HELP. The story is about a white wanna-be journalist who decides to write the accounts of black maids during the 1960s. Of course, in the deep south where the Jim Crow laws aren't questioned often, if at all, the white woman finds herself in various difficult situations with her friends as she tries to keep it secret that she is compiling a book with stories from the maids who work in her friends' homes.

I was completely engaged throughout the novel and mumbled several times that I didn't want the book to be over because the characters were so likeable. However, everything ends far too tidy in the end which seems a bit far-fetched considering the depth of racism in the South during that time (and still today). Of course, maybe there were redemptive stories such as this, but I was never exposed to any of them.

A solid four stars...although I am calling into question the standards by which starts are given. It seems that I dole out three and four of those shiny golden orange stars to just about every book I read. That is because I can barely stand to stick with a book that doesn't have at least a three star beginning. Life is too short for gawd awful books, so I drift in a world where every novel slightly disappoints and isn't worthy of the five stars, or is given a solid three or four for keeping me entertained.

Maybe one should be the new two and two should be the three...


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