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The Help by Kathryn Stockett
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Jan 09, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: top-100, historical-fiction, 2009

I received an advanced copy of this book from the giveaways section of Good Reads, and I am very glad they picked me, since this is not a book I would have picked up on my own. The story is beautifully written. It caught my attention right away and established a clear picture of what life was like in 1960s Mississippi, and instantly made me really CARE about it. Then, it brought in new characters. Each of the three narrating characters has a unique voice and perspective. The characters were extremely tangible. You can imagine hanging out having a cup of coffee with them, you can imagine what they look like, what they act like, what they sound like. A timing of the shift from narrator to narrator works very well and keeps the story moving, even as it jolts the reader as he or she is forced to change perspectives. And the ending, the ending is perfect. I will not give it away here, but I think it perfectly reflects the civil rights movement as a whole.

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Reading Progress

January 9, 2009 – Shelved
Started Reading
January 11, 2009 –
page 215
48.42% "This is quite good, the characters are unique and tangible."
January 11, 2009 – Finished Reading
March 14, 2009 – Shelved as: top-100
March 26, 2009 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
June 26, 2009 – Shelved as: 2009

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