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Thursday, May 3, 2012
Random Review: "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett
RR Score: ****
I almost wanted to give this book three stars, for just a couple reasons. One, I don't often get into the literary genre, and since this is a literary novel, it didn't always keep my attention. Two, it was long. That being said, it was hard to put "The Help" down. I got it in the first place in anticipation of the movie and because so many of my friends said they'd read it and loved it. The story is pretty captivating, and being the history bug I am, I love the fact that I'm reading about real controversies in America. I remember discussing the story with my Dad after he'd seen the movie. He said something like, "You watch that and think, really? How could people treat others that way. And then I wondered, what do we do today, or who do we mistreat today that our kids are going to look back and say, 'how could they treat people like that.'" "The Help" is certainly thought provoking. I happened to get a copy with an essay by Stockett in the back that talked about writing "The Help" and some experiences she had growing up in Jackson, Mississippi. I almost wish I'd read that before starting the book. It brought it even more to life.
I'd certainly recommend "The Help" with one caution, there's definitely some bad language.
I've been writing since I was old enough to grasp a crayon--my grandma even has an early copy of a "book" I made her. I have a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Wyoming and will (hopefully) soon be starting a graduate program in English. When I'm not breaking up impromptu UFC fights in the living room or losing miserably to my boys at Uno, I'm ... well, writing or editing, of course! I'm married to my best friend, and we have three rambunctious but simply amazing little boys.