30 Before 30 - September Book (The Help by Kathryn Stockett)

The first book I read for my 30 Before 30 list was...


I have been wanting to read this book for a while now, but of course hadn't made time to do it lately. Glad my list is pushing me to make time to read for enjoyment again. It has been so nice turning off the TV at night and focusing on a good book. I rated this book at a 4.5 stars. I thought it was entertaining, educational, humorous, and kept my attention the entire time. Below is a quick overview of what the book is about that I copied from Goodreads.

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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.

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If you haven't read this book yet I hope you do. It was a good reminder of what life use to be like and how far our country has come. It also made me cherish the friendships I have with people who are different from me.

2 comments:

somethingswong said...

This book is so so good. glad you enjoyed it. You should def see the movie. I'll loan it to you if you need me to. :)

Micaella Lopez said...

I was truly sorry when I got to the last page. I felt like I was saying goodbye to some old friends. I would highly recommend this book.
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