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The Help by Kathryn Stockett
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Jan 17, 12

bookshelves: 2-loved-it
Recommended to Rachel by: Personal Choice
Recommended for: Anyone interested in feminine culture, racial relations, or Southern history
Read in January, 2012, read count: 1

Fry up some chicken, cook up some grits, pour a tall glass of ice cold lemonade, and get ready to enjoy a good meal of book with The Help. Stockett effortlessly weaves a fun, sassy, poignant, and meaningful story through the Southern voices of her three main characters. Each character is distinct and rich, bringing her own style and feel to the page. The supporting cast is no less brilliant, featuring characters tender, vicious, spineless, heroic, and tacky (but loveable). The South itself is also brilliantly portrayed, allowing you to see its beauty, feel its face-melting heat, enjoy its generous hospitality, and witness its back-handed genteelness. The plot rolls forward quickly with all of the best book elements (love, violence, humor, suspense), but what makes The Help most successful is that it is about something. While overtly tackling the subject of race relations, The Help is much more than skin deep, delicately looking at all of the many things that "separate" us from one another. So grab yourself some nice home cookin', pull up a chair, open up The Help, and enjoy the feast. Just one hint: keep away from the chocolate pie...
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Natalie I love reading your reviews, Rachel. :o) I loved this book. I *finally* got to see the movie last month. I usually don't like seeing the movie if I've loved the book. This was an exception to my "rule" though -- the movie is really good too.

Rachel I thought the movie did a really good job too. Though, I wanted a bit more Miss Celia...she was my favorite. :)

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