Review: The Help

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The Help
The Help by Kathryn Stockett

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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 share my views so others can decide if it’s a good book for them.

That said… did anyone not love or like this book? I’ll have to check out some other people’s reviews… And I wonder how many people just watched the movie… Oh well… I’ll keep this review short and not in my usual format, as probably everyone I’m friends with on here has already read it! 🙂

The only reason I’m not giving it a 5 is because I felt like some of the stories needed a better or stronger ending. I truly think it is a fantastic book, and it makes you really think about what happened in the not-so-distant past… and probably still happening in some parts of the country today. Scary thoughts, but in the end, at least the right people got something back they deserved, even if it wasn’t as much as it should have been.

The characters are very clear and strong. And when there are upwards of 10 to 12 supporting or lead female characters, an author has to spend a tremendous amount of time creating distinct pictures in a readers mind. Stockett did a great job with this task. Each and every one shows you a different personality: leaders and followers, movers and shakers, smart and silly, strong and weak, tolerant and intolerant, thirsty for all the world has to offer and content to stay the same for an entire lifetime.

When a writer can shuffle this many people throughout a story, they have invested themselves into the book, the characters, the setting, the theme, the future.

I haven’t read anything else by this author, but just thinking about this book, and realizing I haven’t looked at her other works makes me want to run to her profile now and pick one. Perhaps that’s what I’ll go do!



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8 thoughts on “Review: The Help

    susandyer1962 said:
    April 18, 2017 at 3:30 PM

    Awesome review! I loved this book! Haven’t seen the movie yet…..

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      April 18, 2017 at 3:34 PM

      It’s a great movie, too… loved the book. But the actresses in the movie are so strong, it’s hard to choose.

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    lghiggins said:
    April 18, 2017 at 3:36 PM

    It’s been a while, but I thought the book was very good. I read the book first and later saw the movie. As is usually the case, unless the movie is conceived first, I thought the book was better.

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    yaykisspurr said:
    April 18, 2017 at 4:48 PM

    So great you are going back to pre goodreads books… I need to do that…someday… the Help is really good…

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      April 18, 2017 at 4:56 PM

      But it’s painful… I remember a lot, but some I re-read the summary and I think “I read that?????”

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        yaykisspurr said:
        April 18, 2017 at 4:59 PM

        Totally, lol I can remember covers a lot but sometimes I can’t remember the reading part at all… so I’m content to just keep now updated…but it does bug me sometimes to have a book pop up and I think…I read this…

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    Drangonfly said:
    April 18, 2017 at 5:15 PM

    I loved this book so much! I think I also read it about four years ago when I wasn’t even dreaming of bookblogland 😊 but I have it on my “to be review” shelf so hopefully I will review it soon. Lovec the movie too! Great review 😊

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