By Kathryn Stockett
I loved reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett because of the perspectives and overall great writing it possesses. The formatting of the book makes it easy to know who’s part of the story you are reading. It also provides the reader a different perspective on racial issues during the time of the book, as well as the culture. You get to learn what life was like for these powerful women, as they were treated horribly in a white woman’s home, when they were just trying to earn a living. Aibileen and Minny are prime examples of how Black women were treated, and how they would raise the children of the families they worked for. The everyday struggles that they would go through are told in this book, as well as them trying to make a difference. We need to remember things like that so then we can fix the problems that we still have today.
This book also allows for the people reading it to create a deeper connection with different people. You gain a respect and a bond to these characters that Kathryn Stockett had created for her novel. The Help is a wonderful masterpiece that uncovers some aspects of house/work life for women during the time. It even shows the heartache that ladies had to go through, from financial issues to losing someone that you love. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a good classic book to read that also dives deeper into the individual person. It is overall an easy book to read and easy to understand, and is an enjoyable read. I really loved this book and couldn’t put it down once I picked it up. It is entertaining and captivating in the best way possible. It is an incredible piece of writing that cannot go unread, because of the incredible story it tells.
Book Review by Amber Westover, Orem Teen Library Council