Saturday, October 29, 2011

Book Review: The Help by Kathryn Stockett

I have to be honest - for quite some time I've assumed that The Help was overrated.

I mean, so many friends kept telling me that I needed to read it. But I heard the same thing about Twilight and God help me, that series of books was the worst thing I've ever forced myself to read.

That's besides the point, though - because The Help was - is - amazing. It has been a long time since I was this engrossed in a book. I literally couldn't put it down. It was beautiful. Numerous times I found myself tearing up. Sometimes I felt sick with anger. This novel was not at all overrated - it's one of the best books I've ever read. I will admit that there are a few inaccuracies that seemed unnecessary, and of course Ms. Stockett being white and attempting to write in/with an African American voice is a bit off-putting (especially at first). But the edition I read also included an afterward where she explained some of her past and why she wrote this novel the way she did, which helped me understand just a bit more and be more inclined to give it a rating of 4.5/5 stars.

"...that's the way prayer do. It's like electricity, it keeps things going."

"See, I think if God had intended for white people and colored people to be this close together for so much of the day, he would've made us color-blind."

"That's all a grit is, a vehicle. For whatever it is you rather be eating."

"I always thought insanity would be a dark, bitter feeling, but it is drenching and delicious if you really roll around in it."

"Mississippi is like my mother. I am allowed to complain about her all I want, but God help the person who raises an ill word about her around me, unless she is their mother too."

"...trying to understand is vital to our humanity." Pin It


  1. i, too, wanted to hate the help.

    i really dont like anything oprah likes, on principle. and this book just blew my mind!

  2. I love this book! If you get a chance watch the movie, it is one of the rare movies that stays close the book and have some tissues handy!!