For the record, I read this book before I even knew they were making a movie of it. I just don’t want to be accused to jumping on the bandwagon or anything. I had seen several Facebook friends mention it, so I requested it from the library.
The Help takes place in Jackson, Mississippi, in the thick of all the civil rights activities of the 1960s. Skeeter is a white woman trying to make her way in the world of journalism, when she comes home to find that the black maid who raised her has suddenly been fired. She decides to write a book from the point of view of “the help,” the black women who work in the homes of white people. Needless to say the very idea is scandalous, but Skeeter makes it happen with the help of Aibleen and Minnie, two black women who are smothered by racism in their world.
I don’t fault anyone for seeing the movie first. The movie was great. But the book was better. If you haven’t seen the movie, read the book first. If you have seen the movie, you should still read the book. Movies can’t portray everything in a book, and this book has quite a bit more depth that everyone should experience.