Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Help

Probably one of the best books I have ever read, yes INCLUDING the Twilight series Winking smile, is The Help. 

Amazon describes The Help: 

Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step.

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times.  And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women—mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends—view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don’t.

This book opened my eyes to a whole other side of America that, frankly, I never really considered before.  Well maybe considered isn’t the right word, but I never pondered it that is for sure.  

This is a story that means so many things and will most likely touch people in different ways.  To me it was a touching story of unlikely women bonding together.  Their relationship wasn’t bound by race or social status.  It was instead built on something we all have in common—humanity.  

I could never eloquently write the words that would sufficiently describe how this book has moved me, so I will not try.  The point is… I loved this book. 

When you love a book as much as this, you almost cringe when the movie trailer is released.  The movie is NEVER as good as the book PERIOD.

Well, I went to see the movie tonight and this movie is almost as good as the book.   I can’t even believe I’m saying it, but a movie finally did the book justice.  Don’t get me wrong the book is still 1000 times better, but the movie was awesome too.  (For a full review of the movie visit The Morning After the Movies for Cooper’s review.)

If you haven’t read the book… read it!  If you’ve read the book… go see the movie.  If you’ve seen the movie… go read the book.  If you’ve read the book and seen the movie… well done! 

If change starts with a whisper, then I’d scream for everyone to read the book and then go see the movie. 


Fancy Nancy said...

I've been meaning to add this to my list! Nice!

Jess said...

I couldn't agree with you more. I loved both the book and the movie and they have definitely changed me. There is also another book called Mudbound that is a great book about racial divides and while I didn't love it as much as The Help I have had a co worker say she loved it more?? Good read if you are looking for one.

Cooper said...

Is you ok? Is you? Thanks for the shout out! :)

Tdcirons said...

Wish we could have been together to see this one!

Barb said...

I agree with everything you said. It's hard to explain how much I loved the book, yet how sad it made me too. And yes, although the book is always better, the movie in this case WAS almost just as good. That's rare. They as usual made plenty of (minor) changes to the story, but none of the changes detracted from the movie.

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