The Help

The #1 New York Times bestselling novel and basis for the Academy Award-winning film—a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don’t—nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.

Aibileen is a black maid in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, who’s always taken orders quietly, but lately she’s unable to hold her bitterness back. Her friend Minny has never held her tongue but now must somehow keep secrets about her employer that leave her speechless. White socialite Skeeter just graduated college. She’s full of ambition, but without a husband, she’s considered a failure.

Together, these seemingly different women join together to write a tell-all book about work as a black maid in the South, that could forever alter their destinies and the life of a small town...

The Help - Kathryn Stockett Summary

The Help is a 2009 novel by American author Kathryn Stockett. The story is about African Americans working in white households in Jackson, Mississippi, during the early 1960s. A USA Today article called it one of the "summer sleeper hits". An early review in The New York Times notes Stockett's "affection and intimacy buried beneath even the most seemingly impersonal household connections" and says the book is a "button-pushing, soon to be wildly popular novel". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution said of the book: "This heartbreaking story is a stunning début from a gifted talent."Stockett began writing the novel — her first — after the September 11th attacks. It took her five years to complete and was rejected by 60 literary agents, over a period of three years, before agent Susan Ramer agreed to represent Stockett. The Help has since been published in 35 countries and three languages. As of August 2011, it had sold seven million copies in print and audiobook editions, and spent more than 100 weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list.The Help's audiobook version is narrated by Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and Cassandra Campbell. Spencer was Stockett's original inspiration for the character of Minny, and also plays her in the film adaptation...

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Very good book5 star

Really enjoyed this book. So inspiring and a real page turner. Anyone trying to get their nose in a excellent read. This is the book. 55


Eh3 star

I think it has a problem with it going from 0 to 100 too quick without any real buildup, the beginning is slow, and there’s a lot of boring parts, but the good parts are extremely good 35


Best Book Ever5 star

This book has brought a bright spotlight on to the Civil Rights Movement as its amazing storytelling by Kathryn Stockett is shown. I recommend this book to everyone over the age of 12 55


The Best Novel Ever Written5 star

I read The Help when I was 17, after having watched it quite a few times. Unfortunately, because I had watched the motion picture first, I envisioned the characters wrongly as I read the book. Since reading it the first time in 2017, I have read it again and again a total of eight times. Every time I re-read it, I get a different perspective than the last. I become more attached to Skeeter, Aibileen, and Minny. To Celia, and Lou Anne. To Louvenia, Winnie, and all of the other maids. It makes me cry every time I read it. When I watch the movie, I cry even harder knowing the background. This novel speaks wonders and volumes about how much love there was, how much hate there was, and how much power one book can cause. Kathryn Stockett has blessed us all with this magnificent, incredible and detailed tome that paints the most beautiful, and in some ways damning, images. I will always love this book, and I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone and everyone. Thank you Mrs. Stockett. Your book has touched my life, and will forever remain in my life. 55


Loved it5 star

Loved the story and loved the characters. They were all unique and had their own voice, which made for an engaging read. I looked forward to hearing each character’s perspective, and I liked seeing how they were all connected throughout the story. 55


In love5 star

I absolutely love this book, it has a special place in my heart ❤️ 55


A MUST Read5 star

Intense, has some funny parts, sad parts, relatable but mostly it gives you a whole different perspective on things. I just finished the book and I’m off to go see the movies now! 55


AMAZING!!!5 star

Been reading it in my supervised study class which is about 100 min. And I'm almost done and it's so good!! One thing that amazes me is I NEVER get emotional about a book, or a movie, and cry -no- not me. But there were countless times where my face was tearing up or flat out bailing!! The book is wonderful, keeps you hooked, but some kids won't understand, there are some words thown out there that kids won't understand, but still great book!!Whoever gives 1-3 stars, you live under a rock or you just are missing out on this!!! 😁😁😁😁😁💗💗💗 📚 55


Great book!5 star

This book can really pull at your heartstrings and make you really feel for the characters! I would recommend this book to anyone! 55


Heart wrenching5 star

Just finished this amazing book! I read a lot and enjoy many genres, but very rarely does a book grab me and not let go! I was mesmerized by the stories in this book. I laughed, I cried, I became angry, I felt pity...many emotions were stirred up! I was truly sad when it ended, although not disappointed. I will miss these new friends of the heart! Bar none, one of the best books I've ever read! 55


WOW5 star

I LOVE this book. It is amazing! Great story line and it all plays out just like a movie. Very easy to picture. All in all a great funny, heart-touching, and sad book. 55


One of the most unforgettable books ever written<3335 star

The Help is completely different from any other book I have ever read. Taking us back to the 1960s, Kathryn Stockett's masterpiece addresses some of the darkest sides of the Civil Rights Movement and the mistreatment of African Americans, boldly painting the picture of reality, instead of trying to cover up the awful sins committed back then as some people have. Unique, hilarious, and extremely touching. I usually do not get emotional over books or movies, but even I teared up a bit at the end. This is a legitimate, must-read, can't-put-down, if-you-interrupt-my-reading-i-will-kill-you kind of book. You will wish it never had to end, and thoughts of the plot will leave you pensive and wishing for more. I can guarantee you, whether you're brave enough to like it or not, you will certainly never forget it. ~m 55

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The Help5 star

Wow what a perspective to write from I thoroughly enjoyed this read. It really had me wondering what my ancestors and those before them had to go through. I enjoyed the book but was disappointed by the movie. 55


The Help5 star

Best book I've read in a long time. I hope this book gives some comfort to those who have gone through such traumatic ordeals. I wish for all to be more compassionate, kind and caring to others no matter what race, religion or otherwise. This book has given me the insight to be more God-like in my thoughts, words and actions. It was an extreme pleasure to read this book. Thank you for this opportunity. I am forever grateful. To Hilly, she didn't get the least of what she "done" deserve and believe me, there are still godless people out there just like her. That won't change but this book may make them think a bit more. Actions are a whole different story. 55

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Great read4 star

This book makes you feel like your there and seeing it happen... 100% must read 45


Fantastic!5 star

This book was great!!! I haven't seen the movie ... So I'm still picturing the characters in my head. It's funny how I see people at the mall or where ever and say ... She could be Hilly or Stuart etc. This book definitely captured my attention. With all the drama, I didn't want to put it down!! In addition, there was a true sadness that I felt throughout the book. I seriously cannot imagine living in those times with all those restrictions. The inability to love and demonstrate their love to people for who they are and not have an extreme focus on the color of their skin. Wonderful book!!!!!!! 55


Thank you Katherine!5 star

What a page-turner, all the way to the end.. And I was sad when it was over. Very well done. I can see Aibileen is your Demetrie. And you are her Baby girl as well as Ms. Skeeter. I am just impressed by how much your memory of old Mississippi is still fresh in your mind. I felt it, down to my core. Thank you for writing this book. 55


Better than the movie5 star

It was a great read 55


Fabulous!5 star

This book is quite possibly the best I have ever read. And I read A LOT of books! c: 55


Inspirational5 star

A must read. 55

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