"The Help" is the first novel by author Kathryn Stockett. I chose it randomly from a mail book club service as the blurb about it sounded good. The book took a while to get interesting and I almost gave up on it. However, I hate to start a book and not finish it. So I perservered. It finally got very interesting as the main character who wanted to be a writer finally got around to interviewing the black maids of families in the south. Once these ladies started to tell their stories the book got interesting. It was kind of eye opening to see what the maids had to put up with from their white employers. This book was set in the sixties so it was appropriate for the time period. The book showed how fearful these maids were to open up about their lives in case they were recognized and then fired, or worse. The ending wrapped up really well.
If you are the type of person that needs a book to grab you from the first page, this is probably not for you. If you can perservere, you may like it. I'd give it a 3.5 of 5 stars.
We will be doing a contest for this book in the next post so look out for it!