Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Book Review)

Title: The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Publisher: Penguin Books
Release Date: February 10, 2009
Genres: Historical Fiction, Drama, Contemporary
Medium: Hardback, bought / Ebook, bought

The Help is and will be one of my absolutely favorite novels ever. No matter your age, you need to read this book. It will touch your heart and soul in every possible way. It shows how sometimes the right thing seems like the wrong thing. It shows you how unfair life really feels sometimes. And most of all, it shows how courage, strength, friends, and family are all you need to get through the hardest of times. This novel is one of those stories that makes you angry, happy, laughing, and crying all in a few pages. It'll make you want to read it over and over, and it will never get old. A story for the ages.

The writing was definitely there. Stockett perfectly conveyed the idea of 1960's Jackson, Mississippi, without being overdramatic or fake. Slang is not over or underused, the historical research was done perfectly, and the writing overall was impeccable. The flow was great, and the novel kept you either laughing, crying, or on the edge of your seat the entire time. Never a dull moment with this one. Five stars.

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