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I can't say enough good things about this book,
This review is from: The Help (Hardcover)
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I loved this book. The characters were so real they seemed like friends. The voices were so true it was hard to believe they were fictional. When I came to the end I was sad that it was over and I knew that the story and its message would stick with me for a long time. This is a book about love and suffering, hatred and faith, fear and courage. It is about women of strength and dignity who carry on and manage to care about others despite an unjust system. It is a beautiful book, unforgettable in many ways. It is touching, thought-provoking, humorous and compelling. It is one of the best books I've read on race relations in the 1960s Deep South. It is gentle, yet powerful, moving without being melodramatic, and most of all, realistic in every detail. I can't recommend it highly enough.
PARENTS AND TEACHERS: Mild, infrequent swearing, painful race issues/gross injustice, oblique/slang references to sex, references to domestic violence, a graphic miscarriage scene, and one short scene in which a crazy white man exposes himself to a maid and her employer.
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Initial post: Mar 10, 2009 10:11:13 AM PDT
I appreciate your "parent-teacher" warning. thank you very much for adding it, as I am a teacher of 7th grade Lit.
Posted on Mar 28, 2009 5:51:49 PM PDT
i also appreciate your parent-teacher warning. I wish every review had it!!! I am always looking for books for my 15 year old son and I can't possibly read every one of them first!!
Posted on Mar 30, 2009 11:57:53 AM PDT
L. Rogers says:
I was an English teacher for high school seniors and then 7th-8th graders for 25 years. Don't sell these students short. This is the kind of book they need to read, and I'm particularly talking to the mother of the teenage son. I had parents who didn't want me to have "The Story of Anne Frank" and "The Good Earth" on my book list. Keeping students from reading about important eras of history, about real life is always a mistake.
Posted on Apr 16, 2009 1:21:15 AM PDT
Jasper O. Summerton says:
Thanks also for your parent-teacher warnings!!! So helpful!!! I work for a Catholic bookshop and am always on the look out for great fiction that isn't offensive or obscene in any way, so it was coincidental to come upon your reviews!!! I have a listmania list on amazon that tries to do the same thing. It's called "Brilliant Decent Fiction." If you could suggest some brilliant decent books to me I would be forever in your debt!!! Thanks, Lucy
Posted on Jun 6, 2009 2:05:22 PM PDT
California Granny says:
You write good reviews. I appreciate the book reviews including the 'rating' type of information that is not included in the publisher's review--violence, language, sex. Thanks!
Posted on Jun 28, 2009 10:16:37 PM PDT
Posted on Jul 10, 2009 10:19:16 PM PDT
There is nothing in this book that a child of junior high school age should not be able to handle though, in fact, I think this would be a wonderful book for that age group to read.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2009 10:06:07 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 30, 2009 11:28:33 PM PDT
Christy Summerfield says:
TO A-MAN: This is a perfectly appropriate book for my 15- and 13-year-old granddaughters. I would have been thrilled for my daughters and sons to read it when they were in middle school had it been available then. I think our kids are getting a white-washed version of history and it's up to us to help them get the real story. They know and understand a whole lot more than many adults give them credit for. The story in "The Help" isn't a pretty one but reality and history are very often messy and even ugly. You son already knows about everything that takes place in this book that you're probably thinking is objectionable and somehow want to shield him from. I know one gets into very sticky territory when talking about how another parent raises her/his child, but your son is old enough to go to the library and choose his own books. If you want to read the same book he's reading, then discuss it together when you're both finished, great. That's a terrific way to strengthen your bond with your son. In three years your son will graduate high school and probably leave home for college. How much better to share reading experiences rather than try to censor what he reads. I know you want what's best for your child and I hope you'll take what I offer under consideration. I'm a mental health professional and I've worked with a lot of kids and their parents in addition to raising my own bunch. We all want to protect our kids. However keeping them from the reality of history doesn't do them any service. This book would be an excellent one for you and your son to read and discuss. Please accept this in the spirit in which it's offered. It's not a criticism of you or your parenting. It's a suggestion on how to enhance your relationship with your son.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2009 10:21:35 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 30, 2009 10:51:59 PM PDT
Christy Summerfield says:
TO L.M.SMITH: I had 12 years of Catholic schools. I was fortunate enough to go to a small private progressive high school for girls where we read books like "Catcher in the Rye"--in the early 60's. I fail to see anything offensive or obscene in this book we're discussing here. This is a book about an historical era our young people need to know the truth about, all of us need to know the truth about. It wasn't pretty and clean. What happened to these women was by definition obscene and offensive. The reality was obscene and offensive. The book isn't. I can't help but wonder how keeping the truth from people, perhaps especially our young people, can be considered a worthwhile goal. I shudder at the thought of a bookstore that screens it's offerings in this way. I personally find what you're doing obscene and offensive. I know nothing I can say will make you change your attitude but at least I've had my say.
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