Returning to her home in Jackson, Mississippi after graduating college, Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan begins to realize she is different than when she left for college four years prior. While her mother and friends push her to work on her appearance so she can catch a man to marry, Skeeter aspires to be a writer. With advice from an editor in New York City, Skeeter searches for something ground breaking to focus her writing on and quickly decides to interview colored maids on their relationship with the families they work for. The only problem is: who would be willing enough to help her?
Skeeter soon confides in the only maid she is confident enough to talk to: Aibileen Clark, who is her best friend’s house maid. Reluctant at first, with Skeeter’s promise that everyone will remain anonymous, Aibileen soon agrees to help and ropes in her best friend Minny Jackson as well. But will their identities remain anonymous or will the release of their book cause more trouble than it was worth?
It only took me a few days to read through The Help. It was an addicting story with a quick moving plot that hits on every emotional nerve a human can possess. My favorite part of the entire book would have to be the characters. Each character has their own unique personality and there was not one specific character that I wanted to read more about than another. They all equally kept my attention, which was good since the point of view changes between Aibileen, Minny, and Skeeter throughout the entire book.
The Help was one of those books that I enjoyed so much it caused a “book hangover”: when you’re so into a book that you’re sad when it’s over and can’t quite move on to another book. It was one of those books that after reading made me just want to be able to write something as entertaining and addicting for readers. The Help will definitely remain as one of my all time favorite books for probably the rest of my life and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for something new to read.