I know I'm late in the game to be reading this book, but I got it on Thursday and finished it yesterday. So, not counting Saturday, when I didn't read at all, I read the whole thing in a few afternoons. Total page-turner!
I love books that make me wonder about how the characters are doing when I can't be reading.
The Help is the story of several southern families in 1963-64 Jackson, Mississippi and the domestic working relationships between the white families and their black maids. Stockett tells the story in the first-person voice of three women: two black maids and one white journalist.
I loved it, though it made me sick at points. I deepened respect for the brave individuals who spearheaded the civil rights movement.
Stockett's characters are so real. I felt their heartache, fear, warmth, and empowerment.
The story is raw, real and poignant. Stockett weaves humorous and heart-warming moments with mystery and suspense, while propelling a greater story of bravery and hope for change. The plot unwraps gracefully with perfect timing.
It was great. I loved it, and I think you'll love it too. I only wish there was a sequel. Maybe there will be.
I can't wait to see the movie!