"Wasn't that the point of the book? For women to realize, we are just two people. Not much separates us. Not nearly as much as I thought."
I bought my first copy of "The Help" for my grandma for mother's day, 2010. My dad recommended it and asked me to buy it for her and write a note inside it from him, since he was in Connecticut at the time. I bought it without thinking about reading it myself, but after several friends and family members who were shocked when I told them I hadn't read it myself, I bought a copy for myself, and finished it in three days.
This is the kind of book where you fall in love with the characters. Usually when books are told from different points of view, I always have a favorite voice that I can't wait to get back to. (Think Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, or The Poisonwood Bible) But Aibileen, Minny and Miss Skeeter were all my favorites, in their own way. Their voices were unique and fresh and their characters very believable. I could feel their love developing throughout the pages in a realistic way. I felt a stronger appreciation for the sacrifices these women experienced in order to bring about a much-needed change.
That being said, I was disappointed for a few days after finishing it. I suppose after all of the hype it received I would feel different after reading it - that it would resound with me even weeks afterwards because of its profound prose and heart-stringed sentences. Then I realized that the beauty of this novel is its subtle truth. Kathryn Stockett didn't go overboard with her literature, nor did she underwhelm me. She told the truth. And after reading the truth, you don't just think about it for a couple days after finishing it - you think about it anytime there is a need for the truth in your life. It took some time for that to finally settle inside of me but now that it has, I can honestly recommend The Help to anyone who believes that the world is changed in small ways by simple people.
What did you think of The Help?