Friday, December 30, 2011

The Help by Kathryn Stockett



My Review:

I absolutely loved the book THE HELP.  I felt connected to many of the characters and was deeply moved by their struggle for equality.  It was a story that pulled you in and did not let you go until the very last page.  At the end you were left feeling sad because you would miss your friends.  I felt invested in them and wanted to see how things turned out for them long after the story was finsihed. 
So, when I saw that a movie was coming out I was very apprehensive.  Because aren't we, more times than not, let down after we see a movie based on a book?  There are very few book to movies that really hit the nail on the head.  But I am happy to say that The Help is a rare gem.  I loved the movie just as much as the book, maybe a bit more.  The acting was spot on and it followed the book fabulously.
I highly recommend both the book and movie, but do yourself a favor and read the book first!!!   

Product Description

The wildly popular New York Times bestseller and reading group favorite.

Aibileen is a black maid in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, who's always taken orders quietly, but lately she's unable to hold her bitterness back. Her friend Minny has never held her tongue but now must somehow keep secrets about her employer that leave her speechless. White socialite Skeeter just graduated college. She's full of ambition, but without a husband, she's considered a failure. Together, these seemingly different women join together to write a tell-all book about work as a black maid in the South, that could forever alter their destinies and the life of a small town...

About the Author

Kathryn Stockett was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. After graduating from the University of Alabama with a degree in English and Creative Writing, she moved to New York City, where she worked in magazine publishing and marketing for nine years. This is her first novel.

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