The Help - Kathryn Stockett
The Help was a nice and easy read because, well, I'd already seen the movie. There were a few changes here and there but mostly, the story was the same. I'd heard quite a bit of chatter that Stockett should have never dared write this book because she is a white woman speaking in the voice of a black servant. Very taboo. At the end of the book, however, Stockett has a nice aside about growing up with her own black maid and how that impacted her life. I didn't find her portrayal of the characters to be racist or stereotypical but what do I know? I found that Hilly, the white girl, to be the least likeable character in the book, just as she was in the film. I hated her. I thought Skeeter was inspirational, Minnie was hilarious and Aibileen was a character I sympathized for because she sweetly devoted her life to children who weren't her own. It's a good story that I'm glad was told, regardless of the race of the author. I would recommend this book to anyone.