“The Help” is written from three separate points of view, Aibileen, Minny and Miss Skeeter. Set in Jackson Mississippi in 1962 it deals with the racism still thriving in those times. Miss Skeeter decides she wants to write a book from the maids perspective of what it’s like to raise white children, work for white families, yet be shunned and disgraced due to the color of their skin.
Each character adds a unique flavor to the story. No pun intended and if you’ve read the book you will understand what “Two Slice Hilly” means. What a surprise, but it’s not revealed until later in the book. By that time you are so emotionally invested in the characters you are gagging and cheering at the same time.
This story is very well written. I enjoyed the writing style and how the book was laid out with several chapters for each person beginning with Aibileen, then Minny following with Miss Skeeter. Miss Hilly, who I often wanted to smack, was the main antagonist as far as characters, but the overall evil was the attitude and thought process towards other human beings. The book contained lots of cliffhangers that had me flipping pages wondering where each persons story would pick back up. The pace was beautiful and kept you wanting more.
“The Help” was unique in one large way to me. It emotionally engaged me. I don’t mean I rooted and cheered for the characters, which I did, but I can’t recall a book ever making me laugh out loud one minute and tears in my eyes the next. It reached inside me, and pushed a multitude of buttons.
If you haven’t read it I highly recommend it. I give it 5 stars!! I hope the movie can live up to the books standards.
Until Next Time…