"You is kind. You is smart. You is important."

Sunday, August 28, 2011

I've been asked by a few people when I would post a review about The Help — and today is that day.
(FYI — this could be a spoiler for those who have not read or seen the movie.)

First, let me start off by saying how much I love the book.  It was captivating, and kept me longing for more.  And after seeing the movie, I still love the book more.  Don't get me wrong, the movie was pretty true to the book, but it left out/changed a few details that I thought should have been in the movie.

While reading the book, hearing the names of streets and the other small details of Jackson made me have an even bigger appreciation of the book since I lived there for two years.  Even though the story was set over fifty years prior to me living there — I felt like I was there, living in the drama of the book.

I did feel that the movie characters played the role of the book characters, perfectly.  Hilly (played by Ron Howard's daughter) was as snotty as ever and Elizabeth was the typical follower to her friend.  The way they treated the help honestly made me sick to my stomach.  I can't imagine living back in those times and I'm glad I didn't have to. 

And even though Abilene was treated the way she was, she never once took it out on the children.  I hope any mother, aunt or friend who reads the book or watches the movie realizes the importance of telling a child that they are kind, smart and important.  Growing up, things that are said to you or about you — well, it sticks with you.  Saying things such as Abilene did to Mae Mobley, helps to bring character and self esteem in a child's life.  One will never know if Mae Mobley grew up to be like her mother or like the person Abilene taught her to be.  I'd like to think that she did the latter, and remember like Skeeter did, the good memories that she and Constantine had.

If I had to say one thing about the book that will have an impact on my life, I'd say that I hope to be more like Skeeter, taking a stand and no matter what the consequences, doing what she believed was right.  Although she could have been like her friends, Hilly and Elizabeth and even like her own mother, she decided to make her own future and help change the future of her hometown.

The movie was long, and being sick — it was really long, but I did enjoy it.  Yes, even Terry enjoyed it.  The theater was almost packed and no one (except one little lady and it was at the very end) got up during the movie.  I understood why there wasn't more in the movie (it was already long enough) but I can't wait for the movie to come out on DVD so I can watch it again to take it all in without the sneezing and clogged up nose.

If you've seen the movie and haven't read the book, please read it.  You'll get more of the details and will have a deeper appreciation of the characters.

Kathryn Stockett, thank you for a wonderful read.  I hope to see more from you in the future!

Have you seen the movie?  What did you think?



  1. I am reading the book now and will probably see the movie next week. REally looking forward to it since I have heard great things.

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  2. Ok I skipped over your post, but that's only because I took your advice and purchased the book. I'm in the middle right now and I love it! I will check back at this post when I finish though.

  3. I read the book and watched the movie. Love! Love! Love! And those three little sentences that spoke volumes were my favorite lines!


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