Friday, July 17, 2015

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

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The Help
Author: Kathryn Stockett
Lexile: 730
Length: 464 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Awards: None
Reading Ram Star Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

                              Skeeter Phelan is 24 years old. She lives in Jackson, Mississippi during the 1960's. She still lives with her parents, and is unmarried, much to the dismay of her friends who all happen to be married. Skeeter went to college, and her dream is to one day be a famous writer. Little does she know that dream may be about to come true.
                              Aibileen Clark is an African American maid. She is in a group of maids called The Help. They all serve rich white woman and their families for low pay, and even lower treatment. Aibileen is on her 17th child. 17th. Child. Aibileen loves all of them, but knows deep inside that one day they will turn out like their parents, mean and racist. Aibileen and her friend Minnie, have just about had it with serving cruel white families. But they are too afraid to say anything, in fear of the KKK. And that they will be unemployed, with no more money to help their own families.
                              Maybe it was fate, or just plain luck that drew these women together. With the help of each other, Skeeter and Aibileen set off on a huge task, with the help of many other maids. One that could put them at risk forever. Or even kill them. But it has to be done. Because of them, the world knows the true life of The Help.
                               I loved this book sososososososososo much! It was so open, with such amazingly detailed sides of each story. The author perfectly portrayed the lives of each woman, with personal details, and such realistic events! I don't know how she did it, but Kathryn Stockett managed to accurately render the lives of actual people living in that time. It was incredible. I know it was fictional, but it felt so real! I think this may be my favorite book ever!! EVER!!! I would recommend this book to kids going into 8th grade or above, it was extremely inappropriate. But you should definitely try this book out in your free time, you won't regret it, I swear.

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