This was a powerful book about the lives of African American maids living and working in Mississippi in the 60’s. The story is intertwined with 22 year old Skeeter who can’t stand the way her friends and neighbours treat “The Help.” Skeeter goes against the norm and puts her foot down against racial injustices, speaking out about the separate washroom issue and later publishing a book compiled of stories from the maids. The three main characters are Skeeter, Aibileen, and Minny. The book sections off into each one of their points of view. Aibileen is a kind hearted woman caring for her 17th white child. Even after losing her son, she continues to devote herself to the little girl she looks after. Minny is a loud mouthed, holds nothing back, kind of woman. She gets into a lot of trouble talking back to her bosses. She’s also a talented cook, garnering her a status within the community. Skeeter is a recent college grad, struggling for the recognition of her passion for writing. Each one of them faces ups and downs from friends and family until one day Skeeter decides to write a book. This book, written from stories shared by the maids, is kept in secret. If word got out, the lives of the participants would be in danger. This was a captivating story. I highly recommend it!
Rating – 4.5/5
Movie Adaption – I’m waiting to find some time to see the movie and see how well they’ve adapted it for the screen. Has anyone seen it? What were your thoughts/opinions? Did they do the book justice?