Sometimes all you need is a good book and a cup of tea!
I created a unofficial challenge with myself to read books that have been sitting on my book shelf that I had previously read and enjoyed. This month, I decided on The Help! I’m glad I did, because I enjoyed more than I did when I first read it 6 years ago.
The year is 1962 and Skeeter has returned home to Jackson, Mississippi. She has just gotten a degree, but that doesn’t matter to the people in Jackson because at 22 years old, Skeeter is still unmarried.
Skeeter comes up with an idea for a book, but it’s risky, especially in Mississippi during the 1960s. She wants to write about black women hired as help for white women. The help do everything from cooking to cleaning and even raising the white children, who in 20 years will be hiring them on to raise their own children.
Skeeter meets with Aibileen who is a black maid and is raising her 17th white child whose employee is one of Skeeter’s best friends. Minny is Aibileen’s best friend and she is the best cook in town, but she also has the biggest mouth. Together the three women put their faith in each other and go on a journey that will change their lives and their town forever.
I really enjoyed The Help. Even though it was my second time reading it, I had forgotten what had happened to some of the characters (especially Constantine). The best part of the book is how you feel so connected to each of the three main characters. I didn’t want each character’s chapter to end.
It’s sad to think that the book was set in the 1960s, which wasn’t that long ago. It’s crazy to think that people thought and acted that way, and that there are still people like that out there today.
I’m assuming most of you reading this have already read the book, so I’m recommending you to reread the book and see if any of your feelings have changed. It’s always so much fun to reread old favourites and I’m glad I bought this book so I can reread it over and over again!
5 calculators out of 5!! The best part about The Help is that it makes you feel. You feel angry, hurt, happy and hopeful all at once. It’s a book that makes you push for change and fight for a better world.
“You is kind. You is smart. You is important.”