The Help

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Kathryn Stockett
4
May 9, 2021

The Help is a historical fiction novel set in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960s. It revolves around three main characters: Aibileen, Skeeter, and Minny. Skeeter has returned from college determined to become a writer. She causes a stir in her hometown by deciding to interview the black women who work for the white families in the town. At first, only Aibileen will help her, but eventually, more and more gather till there are over ten. The publication of her book causes everyone in her town to forever change the way they view the black women and the way they are treated in their town.

I enjoyed reading this book. It really highlighted how much racial prejudice there still was even after the emancipation of the slaves. It was also interesting to realize that not everyone necessarily tried to be racist, but they actually were very much so. I did not necessarily relate to everyone in this book, but there were definitely certain things I found myself agreeing with. I think the plot can get a little unrealistic at times, but I would still give this book 4 stars.

Written by
Gemma K.

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