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The Help by Kathryn Stockett
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“Ever morning, until you dead in the ground, you gone have to make this decision. You gone have to ask yourself, "Am I gone believe what them fools say about me today?”

Color me surprised. I’m not one to read many historical fictions, especially when they don’t include any fantasy elements. They read like nonfiction, and nonfiction is only good for me if I’m in need of sleep. B-but…

The Help is different. It doesn’t only describe the life of housemaids, in the second half of the 20th century, in Mississippi; it’s overflowing with raw emotion. It doesn’t put every white person in a box and every black person in another… It underlines the difference of thought between people, but also how similar we actually all are. We all want to live our lives the best way possible and be treated with respect.

“You is kind. You is smart. You is important.”

I really felt it, when Aibileen and Minny talked about their work, how they wanted – needed – things to change and how hard their lives were. It made me sad, of course, because they just didn’t deserve the animosity that was directed toward them and that’s why I was so eager to turn the pages: I couldn’t wait to see some things change over there.

Miss Skeeter is also an important part of this story. She’s not loud, she doesn’t look for trouble, but she does have a weapon no one expects her to use in her advantage: her writing. She faces obstacles, so many of them, but does she ever back down? No, because when she believes in something, no one can kill her spirit.

I can’t believe the author never made Skeeter and Celia interact: they would have connected from the start! And was Stuart’s character’s purpose only to make us see how differences in ways of thinking can drift people apart? He is the most frustrating part of the story, really. We hate him, we love him, we like him and then we hate him for the rest of the book.

Never fear, the underlying themes of the story are extraordinary and that alone should make everyone want to read this book. Equality. Freedom. Racism. Respect. They’re all so fascinating because they are cleverly developed and included and intertwined in a way that makes this story such a precious and worth perusing one.

I would also like to take advantage of this space offered to me and recommend the movie. Seriously. Breath-taking.

“All I'm saying is, kindness don't have no boundaries.”

Also,

I'll repeat it,

so you don't forget:

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khadijah This book is one of my favorites.


Samidha Kalia I love this book!


Lola :D!


Fafa's Book Corner I'm so happy to see that you read this and enjoyed it! I haven't seen the movie nor have I read the book but I will definitely consider doing both. I love all the quotes you mentioned! Wonderful review :)


Christina Loved this book and your review :)


message 6: by destini mia (new)

destini mia Lovely review, Lola! I haven't read the book but the movie is great! :)


Kelina One of my very favorites.


Aj the Ravenous Reader Excellent review, Lola. My sister highly recommends this too, I don't know why I haven't read this yet. Thanks for reminding me about this.^^


Lola Because it's powerfuuuuul. Welcome and thanks :))


message 10: by Lilian (new)

Lilian It looks so good! How clean is the book?


Lola In what aspect? :P


message 12: by Lilian (new)

Lilian I mean, like language and sexual scenes.


Lola Yeah, for sure! ... And there are no sexual scenes :)


Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover So glad you enjoyed this! I loved the movie!


Lola Oh definitely, it was a hit :D. Have you also seen The Secret Life of Bees?


Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover Lola wrote: "Oh definitely, it was a hit :D. Have you also seen The Secret Life of Bees?"

No i haven't! I've been meaning too though


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Alejandro Awesome review, Lola ;)


Lola Same, Share! Thanks, Alejandro :D!


A Random Enthusiast Great review! I watched the movie of The Help-IT WAS AMAZING- and only afterward realized it was adapted from a book, so...I'm excited!


Sakina I read this book long back but still remember that it was amazing and unlike anything I ever read considering most of what I read at that time included vampires :p

I am so glad you enjoyed it just as much. Your review is amazing. I agree that the book portrayed equality, racism, freedom and respect in a way that is understandable and impactful rather than boring.

Amazing review Lola! Reading it refreshed my memory of the book :)


Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥ Fabulous review, Lola! So happy that you found such fascinating book to get lost in. :)


message 22: by Kris (new) - rated it 5 stars

Kris Such a beautiful book and movie. It's been a while since I read it or saw the movie, but I remember it opening my eyes. And the pie-thing was hilarious.


Lola Honora wrote: "Great review! I watched the movie of The Help-IT WAS AMAZING- and only afterward realized it was adapted from a book, so...I'm excited!"

You should be!!! While the movie was amazing, the book gives you so much more insight on the characters!


Lola Sakina wrote: "I read this book long back but still remember that it was amazing and unlike anything I ever read considering most of what I read at that time included vampires :p

I am so glad you enjoyed it just..."


Awww, thanks so much Sakina! I don't read many books such as this one either, and maybe that's why I liked this so much...

hey, vampires rock ;)


Lola Jen wrote: "Fabulous review, Lola! So happy that you found such fascinating book to get lost in. :)"

Yessss, definitely happy about that too. Thanks! :D


Lola Kris wrote: "Such a beautiful book and movie. It's been a while since I read it or saw the movie, but I remember it opening my eyes. And the pie-thing was hilarious."

OH YEAH. I just wish we had the REAL scene and not only snippets of what was being said and done. Like in the movie. But yes, honest and unforgettable scene :D


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Hayat Great review, Lola! I've seen the movie but now I need to read this book I've heard so much about.


Lola I hope you love it!! It's close to the movie, but it feels different because we get much more insight on the characters. Thanks!!


message 29: by Priyanka (new)

Priyanka Amazing review, Lola!


Lola Thanks so much!!


message 31: by Liz (new) - rated it 3 stars

Liz Great review, Lola! I am glad that you've enjoyed this one :)


Lola Danke schon!!!


message 33: by Liz (last edited Dec 08, 2015 05:45PM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Liz Bitte schön! Immer gerne ;) Wie läuft dein Deutschunterricht? Alles gut?


message 34: by Lola (last edited Dec 08, 2015 08:05PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Lola Deutschklasse?? Sehr gut... Ich mag Deutsch sprechen... und mein lehrer ist nett!! Ich "finished" klasse eins!!


message 35: by Liz (new) - rated it 3 stars

Liz Lola wrote: "Deutschklasse?? Sehr gut... Ich mag Deutsch sprechen... und mein lehrer ist nett!! Ich "finished" klasse eins!!"

"Ich habe Klasse eins beendet." :) The auxiliary verb always on the second position and the main verb (in German) comes last in such sentences.


message 36: by TJ (new)

TJ So boring worst book evs x


Lola That's right, Liz! I haven't learned that many verbs... but I'm good at the pronounciation part, which I'm really happy about :D!!


Sabrina Incredible review Lola. It's one of those books that everyone has to read before they die. P.s you should watch Selma as well, the actors, and the movie itself was fantastic. I highly recommend it , if you liked The Help you'll love it :D


Jessica Osterhouse I totally agree with your thoughts on this book, many of the other reviews I have read were very different from my take on the book, so it's nice to find someone who agrees. I don't read historical fiction very often because it can be hard to connect with, but “The Help” was written so well, and the characters were so well developed that it was easy to imagine you knew them. Almost anyone could read this book and pick out something that they could relate to on an emotional level. Even something as small or simple as “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” Everyone has issues, and though some people's lives might be harder than others, our struggles can unite us and we should learn to use that, not make fun of each other for our issues.


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