The Help by Kathryn Stockett

the-help-book-coverIt has been such a long time since I have been this into a book. Maybe because I feel so passionate about the topic of Racism and how I hate it so much. I never saw black, white or any other colour growing up, I just saw people. If it made a difference to me what colour people’s skin was I wouldn’t have made friends with so many beautiful people or learned about so many amazing cultures or places.

I have known my friend Amirah since grade one, she is an amazing person inside and out and her family comes from Malawi. Over the years she taught me a lot about her culture, things about where her family comes from, different holidays, traditions and practices. I thank her for sharing her culture with me but more than that I thank her for being a good friend and a beautiful person.

What one woman does in this story will shake the town of Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960s. Though this book is not based on a true story the author, Kathryn Stockett, grew up in Jackson with a housekeeper and some things in the book are based off her experiences and the relationship with her own her.

All it takes is one person to change things, one person to empower others to speak out and one person to give a voice to those who don’t have one.

“If you can love your enemy, you already have victory.”

★★★★★ out of 5

About The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett