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The Help by Kathryn Stockett
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it was ok
bookshelves: fiction


This book has been raved about by every book blogger on the bloggersphere or bloggernacle. So, if you want a glowing review, there are many to choose from. But you won't find it here.

I will be brief, because it’s taken me so long to read The Help (6 weeks – that’s insane) I don’t think I can spend any more time to write a review, because I want to be done. I am a lone dissenter in the high praise for this book. I hated it, I loved it; I was offended, I was bored; I was angry, I felt guilty; I cried: My emotions and feelings about this book were all over the place. My final reaction was that it was racist. Maybe because I live in the South and I can’t separate myself from my surroundings and my state’s history. But, that’s how I felt. Sorry, I’ve got no other great metaphorical explanation.

But since it’s the “book du jour” in the publishing world and The New York Times, I think you should read it regardless of how I felt about it.

My copy is available!

Postscript: One more thing I would like to add...that I didn't in my rant (because, like I said, I was DONE), but every book review I've read was by a white woman -- every quote on the back dust jacket is by a white woman -- I really would like to know what the African American community thinks of this book?? One of the many things that bothered me.
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Reading Progress

March 10, 2009 – Shelved
August 21, 2009 –
page 1
October 2, 2009 –
page 214
48.2% "I suspended I am back to it...hopefully I can finish without judgement."
Started Reading
October 9, 2009 –
page 451
100% "I'm done! I'm done! I'm finally done!"
October 9, 2009 – Shelved as: fiction
October 9, 2009 – Finished Reading

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