Year of the Bookwormz: 2011

52 weeks. 2 friends. 1 challenge.

Book #5: Fabookulous February 7, 2010

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Book description: Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone. Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken. Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own. Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women – mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends – view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don’t.

To describe my reaction to this book in one word: WOW. And this is the author’s DEBUT novel! She has such a gift for storytelling. I decided to read this book after seeing LibraryLove’s review of it last month.

My first historical fiction piece in a long time, this book had me so engrossed in every character. I love seeing the story from more than one view and empathized with every woman. I found myself in awe of Aibileen and Minny and their strength and perseverance to continue to put up with what they had to. And Skeeter, well she was very brave and honorable to use her talents to make a difference.

It’s amazing what women can do when they push past stereotypes and what society says and come together for a mutual cause. The Help is a wonderful example of women keeping the faith and fighting together, no matter what. I definitely recommend this book and will be looking forward to seeing what Kathryn Stockett writes next!

5/5 stars.

5 down. 47 more. Steady does it…



3 Responses to “Book #5: Fabookulous”

  1. Hello!

    I saw that you reviewed Kathryn Stockett’s: The Help on your blog and it would be
    great honor if you would read and review my novel SUGAR, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

    New York Times Bestselling author Adriana Trigiani gave me a marvelous blurb after reading This Bitter Earth, which is the sequel to SUGAR:

    “Bernice L. McFadden is a master storyteller.

    Blogger/Book Reviewer Gerber Daisy Mom was quoted as saying this about Sugar: “In my quest to find the alternative to The Help I’m trying to immerse myself in African-American authors, whose points of view lend more authenticity and credibility to the stories of African-American characters. I hit gold with Bernice L. McFadden’s,Sugar.”

    You can read her entire review here:

    I working to place SUGAR into as many hands, hearts and minds as possible and I hope you can help me do this.

    Please let me know If I may send you a copy of SUGAR. If so, please forward your address and blog URL.

    Peace & Light,


    • Hi Bernice!

      Thank you for your comment and offer. I’d love to read Sugar and review it here on our site! I sent you an email via your website with my mailing address and will be looking forward to receiving a copy of Sugar. Congrats on the book’s 10 year anniversary! 🙂


  2. Thanks on your marvelous posting! I certainly enjoyed reading it, you happen to be a great author.I will remember to bookmark your blog and will eventually come back
    someday. I want to encourage you to continue your great
    writing, have a nice weekend!

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