The Help

The Help

Be prepared to meet three unforgettable women: 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 disapp Be prepared to meet three unforgettable women: Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating...

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Title:The Help
Author:Kathryn Stockett
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:The Help
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:444 pages pages

The Help Reviews

  • eb
    Sep 15, 2008
    An engrossing, vivid, funny, and important book about three women living in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960s. Stockett writes in three first-person voices: 1. a middle-aged black maid who specializes in childcare, 2. a hot-tempered black maid who cares for a once-poor, now-rich white ...
  • karen
    Apr 08, 2010
    enthusiasm!!! this book and i almost never met. and that would have been tragic. the fault is mostly mine - i mean, the book made no secret of its existence - a billion weeks on the best seller list, every third customer asking for it at work, displays and reviews and people on h...
  • Lucy
    May 06, 2009
    Gush, gush, gush, gush, gush! I cannot gush enough about this book. The Help, by Kathryn Stockett, follows the lives of three women living in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi. Two of the women, Aibilene and Minny are black, hired as help to wealthy, or trying to appear wealthy, white famil...
  • Joe
    Jul 04, 2010
    I read the first paragraph of The Help, absorbing the words, but suddenly being caught off guard by the dialect. I stopped reading. I shifted the book in my hands, flipping to the author's biography and photograph on the back of the dust jacket. Staring up at me was this: [i...
  • Maegen
    Aug 07, 2010
    While it was a well-written effort, I didn't find it as breathtaking as the rest of the world. It more or less rubbed me the wrong way. It reads like the musings of a white woman attempting to have an uncomfortable conversation, without really wanting to be uncomfortable. It's incredib...
  • Annalisa
    Jun 17, 2009
    Here is an illustrative tale of what it was like to be a black maid during the civil rights movement of the 1960s in racially conflicted Mississippi. There is such deep history in the black/white relationship and this story beautifully shows the complex spectrum, not only the hate, abu...
  • Nancy
    Dec 01, 2010
    Posted at Shelf Inflicted One of my co-workers, a guy who isn?t much of a reader, borrowed The Help from the library based on his English professor?s recommendation. The guy just couldn?t stop talking about the story, so I decided to borrow the audio book. It?s not very o...
  • Caroline
    Sep 22, 2009
    I was uncomfortable with the tone of the book; I felt that the author played to very stereotypical themes, and gave the characters (especially the African American ones) very inappropriate and obvious voices and structure in terms constructing their mental character. I understand that ...
  • Cecily
    Jul 18, 2011
    This is a powerful story about women's relationships with each other, and how they are affected by race (and class), told from the viewpoints of three women (two black maids and a young white woman). It is set in segregated Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962-64, at the dawn of the civil rig...
  • Maggie Stiefvater
    Jan 26, 2010
    So, it looks like THE HELP is turning out to be one of those novels that I love despite flaws. Nearly everyone in the world knows what this book is about (as I pen this review, it is at #2 in Amazon sales ranking) but I shall reiterate: it?s the story of three women -- two black, one...
  • Meredith Holley
    Apr 30, 2010
    I have this terrible, dreary feeling in my diaphragm area this morning, and I?m not positive what it?s about, but I blame some of it on this book, which I am not going to finish. I have a friend who is mad at me right now for liking stupid stuff, but the thing is that I do like stu...
  • Will Byrnes
    Sep 29, 2010
    The Help is a tale of lines, color, gender and class, in the Jackson, Mississippi of the early 1960s. This is a world in which black women work as domestics in white households and must endure the whims of their employers lest they find themselves jobless, or worse. It is the Jackson, ...
  • Joanna
    Jul 24, 2009
    I've completed 69% of this book on Kindle, and must wait a week to read the rest. Roger is taking my Kindle to Ireland, so I'll be reading a different "real" book this week. I LOVE this book, with it being one of my favorite book ever. The Help is well written and well researched, giv...
  • Suzanne
    Jan 18, 2009
    This first novel by Kathryn Stockett is amazing. This is one of those few books that grabbed my emotions and interest so deeply that I could not stop thinking about the book when I would set it down to attend to other activities (like eating, sleeping & working!). I was engrossed a...
  • Salome G
    Jul 10, 2010
    The story itself: This could have really used a better editor. I didn't understand why the boyfriend character was even in there--he added nothing to the story. In addition, Skeeter keeps telling us that Hilly and Elizabeth are her friends but that's just it--she tells us. We never see...
  • Thomas
    Apr 17, 2010
    Originally, I thought this book should have been retitled The Hype. At least that's what I told my friend. I remember thinking something along the lines of, blah, another story about racism in the old southern days? Must be the chick-lit version of To Kill a Mockingbird. Wow. I was so ...
  • Tatiana
    Mar 22, 2010
    I don't think this could be any more obvious, trite and cliche-ridden. The book's only aim is to make white people feel better about themselves (you know, that same old a-brave-white-lady-savior story you've read and a few dozen times before). Guess it worked. Again. Hence, its bestsel...
  • Ellen
    Mar 15, 2010
    The Kindle DX I ordered is galloping to the rescue today... AND, for all the book purists (which would include me), this is a need, rather than a want. Post-several eye surgeries, I'm just plain sick of struggling to read the words on a page. However, despite the visual chal...
  • Jason
    Mar 02, 2011
    ?It's true. There are some racists in this town,? Miss Leefolt say. Miss Hilly nod her head, ?Oh, they're out there.? Law, this book be good! I?m on tell you how good this book be. Everthing ?bout this book be good, you gone read this book and you gone see what I?s me...
  • Matt
    Jul 03, 2017
    Kathryn Stockett has created this wonderful story that depicts life in America?s South during the early 1960s. A mix of humour and social justice, the reader is faced with a powerful piece on which to ponder while remaining highly entertained. In Jackson, Mississippi, the years leadi...
  • James
    Jan 07, 2012
    I read this book at least 4 years ago, before I began to more consistently use Goodreads... and now I'm going back to ensure I have some level of a review for everything I read. It's only fair... if the author took the time to write it, and I found a few hours to read it... I should sh...
  • Lola  Reviewer
    Nov 27, 2015
    ?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...
  • Praveen
    Dec 25, 2016
    I done finished this book finally ! I ain't never seen a book like this lately. it were not too long before I seen something in me had changed, reading it ! May be a seed was immediately planted inside a me. After finish it I seen a small baby in street. She very much like Mae Mob...
  • Natalie Vellacott
    Oct 02, 2016
    "I know there are plenty of other "colored" things I could do besides telling my stories--the mass meetings in town, the marches in Birmingham, the voting rallies upstate. But truth is, I don't care that much about voting. I don't care about eating at a counter with white people. What...
  • Theresa
    Dec 17, 2014
    "The Help" is one of those novels that stay with you. I read this powerful book about 4 years ago. The movie is good but the book is WAY BETTER! Kathryn Stockett is a beautiful and gifted writer. This book is funny as hell, emotionally-charged, and incredibly uplifting (I loved Minny's...
  • Evelyn (devours and digests words)
    Apr 05, 2015
    This book tackles the issue of racism (among other things) in 1960's Jackson, Mississippi. I cannot stress this enough but The Help is seriously one of the most important story I've ever read. Since it's about civil rights movement, I first thought it would be boring, depressing and d...
  • Kai
    Apr 02, 2015
    ?We are just two people. Not that much separates us. Not nearly as much as I'd thought.? My favourite book next to Harry Potter. This novel did so many things to me. There was lots of crying... ...happiness... ...sass... ...more tears... ...and most of all...
  • Reading Corner
    Sep 19, 2015
    The Help is a touching novel that explores the lives of black maids living in the racially unjust, Mississippi in the 1960s, by using the perspective of two black maids and a female, white writer.Minny and Aibileen are the two maids who are close friends and like many other maids, have...
  • Majenta
    Jan 12, 2016
    "I know what a froat is and how to fix it." Aibileen Clark knows how to cure childhood illnesses and how to help a young aspiring writer write a regular household-hints column for the local paper. But she's struggling mightily to deal with grief over the death of her 20-something s...
  • Tran Thanh Tu
    Jan 14, 2016
    I've gotta say, this is truly one of the best hand-writings I have ever read in my whole life. From my point of view, the story tells us exactly about the life of people living in Mississipi, America in the 19s. With such wonderful eyesight, Kathryn Stockett has created a novel inclu...