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review: The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Written By: Word Nerd Teen - Aug• 16•11

So that I don’t give anything away this review will be rather short.

The Help is a wonderful novel about the writing of a novel. Taking place in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, both novels tell the tale of what it’s like being a black maid and working for their white employers. I rather enjoyed this book although at times it did seem like a never ending story. I kept turning the pages just for the sake of knowing what happens next and how it ends.

And that brings me to the most disappointing part of the book…the ending. The ending wasn’t really an ending. It was as if you had gone to see a movie and just before everything wraps up the projector turns off. I was not at all happy with that. But the
rest of the book makes up for that one flaw.

My verdict: Even though this was a really good book it’s not something I would’ve picked up on my own to read. If it wasn’t for book club I probably would not have read it. I would suggest that everybody read this. Even if you are like me and crave a little more action in your books it is a worthwhile read. A funny and touching story that you will never forget.

Want a second opinion? See Word Nerd’s review here.

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  1. […] I was in no rush until it was announced that The Help would be the first book in the newly formed book club at our local public library.  Suddenly, The Help was the hottest title in our home. (See Word Nerd Teen’s review here.) […]

  2. reader says:

    I think the perspectives of Nerd Teen and Word Nerd explain the popularity of this book. One is troubled by the “timeline liberties” and the other finds the story “funny and touching”. For some readers the book is just as Nerd Teen described, “funny and touching”. Other readers are drawn deep into the era of the civil rights movement and the turbulence of the times. The author created a good story in the book. But, the book’s ability to pull the reader beyond its pages is where the success truly lies.

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