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The Help by Kathryn Stockett
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This is an amazing and moving novel. So much so that tasks, appointments, and everything else in my life were put on hold while I read, laughed, cried, celebrated, hurt, and felt healed. Some friends once told me about a spiritual teacher who would often say, “There is magic in the telling”. The truth in those words vibrates throughout this brilliantly conceived and executed novel.

The author herself talks about the risk of a white woman telling the stories of black women living in an era of slow transition between overt, undisguised racism and a more covert and secretive racism. Yet, many white people of that time did not recognize racism for what it was: the structure of society was simply their everyday life. As long as the black people needed the jobs offered by white society, they would be subject to obeying every command, swallowing frustration, anger, and their own pride – and usually for much less than minimum wage. The consequences of not swallowing were just too dangerous.

This novel, a book about writing a book about the domestic service of black women in early 1960’s Mississippi is a finely balanced, on-the-edge story – like a tightrope walker dozens of feet above Niagara Falls. One slip, one false step, and the entire premise would collapse into the water.

Instead, there is a rare and precious authenticity to these stories that are thematically pulled together by Skeeter - the white woman determined to write the book, and Aibileen – the black domestic worker employed by one of Skeeter’s friends. And then there is Minny. Rebellious, full of anger, intelligent, wise, and good - how she was able to cope with a home life filled with conflict and carry on working fulltime besides is beyond me.

My admiration for so many of these characters started small and continued to build throughout the novel. Their lives, their experiences, their authenticity and humanity touched my soul. I will always be grateful to this beautifully crafted novel for opening my eyes and my heart to a larger perspective.
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Reading Progress

April 27, 2017 – Shelved
January 20, 2019 – Started Reading
January 20, 2019 –
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January 21, 2019 –
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January 22, 2019 – Finished Reading

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Aqsa Oh wow, I am so so so excited about this one! Tell me you're loving it!


Debra I hope you love this as much as I did! Happy Reading!


Jaline Aqsa wrote: "Oh wow, I am so so so excited about this one! Tell me you're loving it!"

Aqsa, I just finished it and I am completely undone - in the best possible way. :)


Jaline Debra wrote: "I hope you love this as much as I did! Happy Reading!"

Debra, I absolutely loved this one - and happy reading indeed! I have a ton of chores and other commitments to catch up on, but this book was worth putting everything else on hold for a few days. :)


Carol Jaline, I enjoyed this wonderful novel as well. Your review conjured up some great memories of the story.


Julie Excellent review, Jaline!! So glad you enjoyed this one! 😊💖😊


Bianca Fabulous review, Jaline.


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Paulette Wow what a review, amazing😁


Bharath Great review Jaline. I found the book very moving too..


Antoinette Lovely review, Jaline. I loved this book as well. For some reason, I have not been getting your reviews.


Cherie This book was so good, I will never forget it. I am glad you liked and enjoyed it too.


Jaline Carol wrote: "Jaline, I enjoyed this wonderful novel as well. Your review conjured up some great memories of the story."

Thank you so much, Carol, and I am so glad my review brought back great memories for you! :)


Jaline Julie wrote: "Excellent review, Jaline!! So glad you enjoyed this one! 😊💖😊"

Thank you for your great comment, Julie!! 💖😊💖


Jaline Bianca wrote: "Fabulous review, Jaline."

Thank you so much, Bianca! :)


Jaline Paulette wrote: "Wow what a review, amazing😁"

Thank you for your very kind words, Paulette! :)


Jaline Bharath wrote: "Great review Jaline. I found the book very moving too.."

I noticed that you also enjoyed this one Bharath! I am glad you did - and thank you for your kind comment! :)


Jaline Antoinette wrote: "Lovely review, Jaline. I loved this book as well. For some reason, I have not been getting your reviews."

Thank you so much, Antoinette! I am not getting many friends' reviews, either - I have had to go to their Profile page and like their reviews posted there. This was taking me up to 8 hours and more a day (cutting into my reading time!) so I save the "likes" into a separate email folder and then click on the person's name and go to their profile from there. I still miss so many of them due to no notifications, and it makes me sad.


Jaline Cherie wrote: "This book was so good, I will never forget it. I am glad you liked and enjoyed it too."

Cherie, I feel the same way you do - this book will always stay in my heart, too. :)


message 19: by Dana (new) - rated it 4 stars

Dana This is a book I’ll always remember. Excellent review, Jaline!


message 20: by Tina (new) - rated it 5 stars

Tina Great review Jaline! I'm so happy you enjoyed it so much. This is definitely a favourite of mine!


Debra Awesome review Jaline! So happy you loved it.


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Vanessa Incredible review. I should have READ the book before I watched the movie.


Jaline Dana wrote: "This is a book I’ll always remember. Excellent review, Jaline!"

Thank you so much, Dana, and I feel the same way - that I will always remember this story and these amazing people! :)


Jaline Tina wrote: "Great review Jaline! I'm so happy you enjoyed it so much. This is definitely a favourite of mine!"

Thank you so much, Tina, and I am so happy to hear that this is also a favourite of yours! :)


Jaline Debra wrote: "Awesome review Jaline! So happy you loved it."

Thank you for coming back and reading my review, Debra! For me, this was one of those reads where it was soooo hard to put the book down!


Jaline Vanessa wrote: "Incredible review. I should have READ the book before I watched the movie."

I hear you, Vanessa! I am going to let these characters and this story "settle" for a bit and then I will download the rental from iTunes. Did you enjoy the movie?


Karina Great review Jaline!! I loved this book from beginning to end... it's so engaging! So glad you enjoyed it yourself...


Jaline Karina wrote: "Great review Jaline!! I loved this book from beginning to end... it's so engaging! So glad you enjoyed it yourself..."

Thank you so much for your lovely comment, Karina! I found it completely engaging myself - my eReader says it took me 14.7 hours to read it and since I only started two days ago, you can tell that my attachment to this book was complete! 😁💖


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Aqsa This is such a lovely, compelling, and touching review, Jaline!
I really hope I get to love it, and enjoy it the way you did❤️


message 30: by JV (new) - rated it 5 stars

JV Oh, my broken heart! This book was indeed a pleasure to read! Thank you for your thoughtful and beautiful review, dear Jaline! ❤️


Jaline Aqsa wrote: "This is such a lovely, compelling, and touching review, Jaline!
I really hope I get to love it, and enjoy it the way you did❤️"


Thank you so much, Aqsa, for coming back to read my review - and for your wonderful comment! I am hoping exactly the same thing for you, too! 💖


Jaline JV wrote: "Oh, my broken heart! This book was indeed a pleasure to read! Thank you for your thoughtful and beautiful review, dear Jaline! ❤️"

Thank you so much for your warm and lovely comment, dear JV! I am so glad that you loved this one, too! 💖


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Aqsa :)


message 34: by Maureen (new)

Maureen Such a lovely review Jaline 🤗


Ineke van Mackelenbergh Good review, Jaline. You too captured the essence of this lovely book.


Marialyce Beautiful reviewJaline! This is such a stunning book in so many ways. The movie of it I felt did the novel much justice. So happy you enjoyed this gem.


Wyndy There are some powerful, unforgettable scenes in this book. Happy to see we agree on how wonderful a novel it is ;-)


Angela M Jaline , a fabulous review. I read this a while ago but you brought back this amazing story!


R * A Reader Obsessed * Great review! This was the rare time both book and movie were equal wins!


Candi A super review of this awesome book, Jaline! I loved this one so much and can recall sitting on the beach getting caught up with these people and their lives several years ago. I'm not at all surprised you loved it too :)


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Sherry Sharpnack Nice review! I truly loved “The Help.” The movie based on the book is one of the few that lives up to the book.


message 42: by Nicola (new)

Nicola Gipson A superb review for one of my absolute favourite books dear Jaline. 😊


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Kate Baxter Jaline, I just love your reviews - eloquent and from the heart. Just beautiful!


Susanne Strong Wonderful beautifully written review Jaline! So happy you loved this!


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Ron It's obvious in your words how much this book touched you Jaline. Wonderful.


Jaline Maureen wrote: "Such a lovely review Jaline 🤗"

Thank you so much, Maureen! This novel really touched me in so many ways. 💖


Jaline Ineke wrote: "Good review, Jaline. You too captured the essence of this lovely book."

Thank you, Ineke, for your lovely and kind comment!


Jaline Marialyce wrote: "Beautiful reviewJaline! This is such a stunning book in so many ways. The movie of it I felt did the novel much justice. So happy you enjoyed this gem."

Thank you for your wonderful comment, Marialyce - and I'm happy to hear that you felt the movie did this book justice as well. I am going to put a sticky note on my monitor to remind me to download the movie rental asap! I also agree that this book is stunning from so many angles - loved it! :)


Jaline Wyndy wrote: "There are some powerful, unforgettable scenes in this book. Happy to see we agree on how wonderful a novel it is ;-)"

Oh, me too, Wyndy! And I am also with you on the many "powerful, unforgettable scenes in this book." :)


Jaline Angela M wrote: "Jaline , a fabulous review. I read this a while ago but you brought back this amazing story!"

Thank you, Angela, for your very kind and encouraging comment! I enjoy reading reviews of books I haven't read yet, but it is a real toss-up because I also love reading reviews of books I have also read - especially ones I love that others love, too. Those memory-feelings are priceless. :)


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