My book club loves to go the movies together, so in anticpation of “The Help” hitting theatres next month we decided to read the novel. It was delightful. Stockett’s characterization was amazing. She pulled me into the character’s lives, hearts and minds in such a way that I felt a huge connection with them. I loved the way each character had their own way of talking, thinking, acting. If I read dialogue without looking at the tag lines I would still know who was speaking. Each character was distinct and unique. Not to mention that they were either extremely likeable or unlikeable. Which is great because some of them, like Aibileen, Minnie and Skeeter I adored; while others like Miss Hilly I couldn’t stand. But evoking strong emotion in a reader is a sign of a good writer. So well done, Kathryn Stockett.
The storyline was fresh and lively. The topic was important and revealing. Overall, I would recommend this book highly. A very good, fun read that will make you laugh and cry at the same time. You will fall in love with some characters and hate others. But mostly you will learn something and hopefully grow from reading it.