Happy Thursday my fellow book lovers. Once a month, I'm going to share with you one of my favorite reads from the past decade. We've started a new one this year, so I thought it only appropriate to share the books I fell in love with in my 30's. I will say that my reading did slow down in my 20's and I just picked it back up early in my 30's.
The first book I'm going to share with you is The Help by Kathryn Stockett. My review of this book is not very lengthy. I read this before I really got into reviewing. I did watch the movie with my children a couple of weeks ago and it was very interesting to them to see the world in this manner. We have watched movies about slavery and about black people who have worked for white people, but this is the first time they had seen a movie like this and could relate it back to a family member. Their great-grandmother could have been one of the women in this book. Now, my oldest wants to read the book.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published: February 2009/Read in 2012
I read The Help on my Kindle and I couldn't put it down. I think I had to charge it at least 4 times. My mother had told me about the book and so I read it from her recommendation. It was interesting to me to read because my grandmother or my aunts could have very easily been in this role as well. Even though I know the timing of the civil rights movement, it intrigues me that it wasn't that long ago, and how life really was. As a black woman I have, luckily, not really encountered much racial tension in my life. I have always had friends from different backgrounds and have been able to get along with others very freely. To put myself in a world where I could not be friends with people I am friends with or would have to do so in secret made me keep turning the pages. Not that these women were necessarily friends, but if circumstances were different, I'd like to think that Miss Skeeter would have been friends with Aibileen and Minny.
The movie was very good as well. I think it did a good job of covering everything that was in the book. It was hilarious and sad to watch these stories unfold. The actors they chose to play the roles was spot on.
I recommend the book and the movie for everyone!
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