#42 — The Help

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

  • Rating: 3/5
  • The book was polarizing and upon reading it, can see why people both liked it and hated it
  • The good — it read nicely. It’s depressing with some comic relief thrown in. There’s no happy ending
  • The bad — the characters are not very complex and are rather two-dimensional. Also, 2 of the 3 main characters are black women… and the book is written by a white southerner. The Author’s maid was an integral part of her childhood and her brother still has one. These things alone will probably garner some judgement, but writing a book about the other side’s perspective definitely will ruffle feathers. All I can think of is Paula Deen (admittedly, it’s an unfair association)
  • If you read the afterward, there’s a quasi-explanation of her logic — at best, it’s an optimistic outlook; at its worst, it’s arrogance