My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Although almost a 500-page book, I breezed through this as I just couldn’t put it down. Kathryn Stockett did an amazing job writing this book in multiple voices. Its tough to maintain that consistency and be true to the voice, but I think she did a fantastic job. The way this book is written reminds me of an old favorite, The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, who also used multiple voices to tell the story.
The Help, about life in Jackson, Mississippi in 1962, tries to answer a variety of questions, the main one being “what is it like to be black in the summer of 1962 in Jackson?” These stories are told in the voices of 3 women; Skeeter, a white woman, and Abiline and Minny, both black. Stockett does a great job of telling this story, as controversial as it was during that time, and probably even so now.
Without giving away too many plot details, the basis of this story revolves around Skeeter, an aspiring writer, who wants to write a book about “the help” in Mississippi, in their own words. Through trial and tribulation, the story follows Skeeter, Abilene, and Minny’s lives as they intertwine in unlikely ways.
I would definitely recommend this book; its got a great story and unique characters, and is a quick read!