I put off reading The Help for months. I am typically resistant to book club darlings like Kathryn Stockett’s novel. Plus, I thought the cover was cheesy.
|It looked like chick lit to me. No thanks.|
I was looking for The Hunger Games series in the book section of Target one night. (Shut up.) They were sold out so I was forced to find an alternative. A friend had told me I would love The Help and it was on sale.
Let me just say how wrong my first impression of this novel was. This is not chick lit. The Help is a hauntingly beautiful story. It was one of the rare books that I forced myself to read slowly because I didn’t want it to end. I knew I would miss Aibileen, Skeeter, and Minny as soon as I closed the back cover.
From the Publishers Weekly review:
What perfect timing for this optimistic, uplifting debut novel (and maiden publication of Amy Einhorn’s new imprint) set during the nascent civil rights movement in Jackson, Miss., where black women were trusted to raise white children but not to polish the household silver. Eugenia Skeeter Phelan is just home from college in 1962, and, anxious to become a writer, is advised to hone her chops by writing about what disturbs you. The budding social activist begins to collect the stories of the black women on whom the country club sets relies and mistrusts enlisting the help of Aibileen, a maid who’s raised 17 children, and Aibileen’s best friend Minny, who’s found herself unemployed more than a few times after mouthing off to her white employers. The book Skeeter puts together based on their stories is scathing and shocking, bringing pride and hope to the black community, while giving Skeeter the courage to break down her personal boundaries and pursue her dreams. Assured and layered, full of heart and history, this one has bestseller written all over it.
Besides just loving the story (I bit my nails down to nubs when Skeeter’s book was released and yelled obscenities at Hilly Holbrook), I related to the juxtaposing themes. This was a story of friendship and cruelty; loyalty and hypocrisy; progress and backlash; alienation and belonging.
Besides loving this book, I also dig giving people free stuff.
Would you like my copy of The Help? Do you know someone who might? Or maybe there’s a library, school, hospital, or other not-for-profit who would appreciate this book as a donation?
Well you are in luck, friends, because I am giving this book away!
I’ve been noodling the idea of a giveaway on the blog for a couple of weeks. We are going to start small. I’m not Oprah, people. But if it works, I have a couple of other giveaways lined up!
|You get a book! YOU get a book! (Source)|
- Scroll up to the top of this post and look for the black Facebook widget in the top right corner. Click on the thumbs up to “like” my FB page. (If you already “like” my FB page, you can skip to #2.)
- Leave me a comment on this post, telling me you’ve entered the contest.
- Voila! You are entered!
I will pull the winner on Monday, May 16th and mail the book out next week.