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The Help by Kathryn Stockett *****

The Help is a story about the citizens of Jackson, Mississippi during the 1950s. This book deals with the history of America and the racism and classism that was prominent in this time. It centers around three women, Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan, Aibileen, and Minny. Skeeter is a young white girl who graduated college and wants to be a famous writer.

Aibileen is a wise black maid who has raised several white children while under her employment. She had one real child who passed away in a work accident. Minny is a fiery black maid who has a big and boisterous family. She has a quick tongue and little self-control. Skeeter starts to see the inequalities that separate the white employees from the black ones and is prompted to write about this separation by a prestigious editor named Elaine Stein.

In this book, the reader goes with Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny through the dangers of exposing the truth and breaking societal norms during the high point of the civil rights movement.

This book was entirely more engaging than I had expected it to be. The depth of emotion I felt while reading this was vast. There were times I felt shocked, angry, and heartbroken. But this book does not only have sadness, there are points of hope and joy as well.

I think many types of readers will enjoy this novel. It is so diverse in the fact that anyone can relate to this book in some way or another. It is without a doubt one of the best books I have read, and I think everyone else would love it too.

Megan Hughes is in her third year as publications adviser at Park Hill South High School. She currently advises the View newsmagazine, South Paw yearbook and LitMag.