I just finished reading The Help. I thought it was a wonderful book with a compelling story.
Things I liked:
*The historical significance of the subject matter.
*The way real-life happenings of the time were woven into the fiction.
*The principle characters were full and interesting.
*There was not a "perfect" wrap up (just like life). I want to know if Minny had twins!
*The book-within-the-book style of writing. I loved that.
Things I didn't care for so much:
*Most of the secondary characters were a bit wooden and flat. There was no reason to even include Stuart except to bring a tie in with a powerful political figure. I felt it was clumsily done.
*This book needed about 300 more pages to really make the characters shine.
*While overall the author showed skill in believably diving the plot, there were still some places I had trouble making the leap in plot development. I am still not 100% sure that these domestics would open up to a young, aristocratic, white girl.
*A lot of it was predictable.
*I felt that it was written more in a manor to make it a sell-able movie as opposed to "literature".
None of my "dislikes" were enough to ruin my enjoyment of the book. And several of my "likes" made it amazing. An excellent book of significant value to understanding others.
Mom of 4, all of whom graduated from our homeschool. #1 son - is a husband and dad of 2 (love those Grandbabies ~ and I get to help homeschool them!), works as a customer service rep for a web based smart phone store - completed a web-based marketing degree from St. Leo. #2 son - An Iraqi Freedom veteran, graduated from SAU with an AS degree; currently in long haul trucking. Married with one son. #3 son - completed auto mechanics school and now works for the county at the landfill as a heavy equipment operator. He loves vintage vans and buses. Only daughter - loves music, horses, and cats - oh, and cake decorating :) She graduated as a music major (flute) from SAU in TN. She is almost done with her masters degree in library science and she did marry James in 2016. Only DH of 37 years - he recently retired from 40 years in education - loves Geocaching and naps.
I take care of them all.