The Help is about the maids and residents of Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960s. Being that this was prime time for discrimination of blacks, that is the main focus of the novel. This book follows the help in the town and their struggle in everyday life and wanting to be heard. The main characters are Aibileen (a maid), Skeeter (a writer), Hilly (a headstrong resident of Jackson), and Minny (a headstrong maid). This book is about hope.
This book is very eye-opening to what blacks had to go through in this time period. The Help does this without becoming tedious. It is very interesting to transport to this time period and be set in the mind-set of different perspectives during this time. This is an important book to read for people of all races, ages, and genders but mainly for the African-American youth. It is important to understand what our ancestors had to go through before us, and this book helps to enlighten.
I would rate this book 4.5/5 stars. This book feels relatable and realistic. The language and diction, however, could sometimes feel forced. This book is still extremely worth the read.
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