The Help by Kathryn Stockett

RATING: 5 STARS

REVIEW:

It was a silent cry, with my lips trembling while tears roll down my cheeks. This book surpassed my expectations. It hit topics I didn’t even expect for it to hit. I thought it would be all about racism, but it also tackled domestic abuse, depression, and a bit of homophobia.

Aibileen and Minny were black maids in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi. They banded with Skeeter, a white woman, who just returned from college with a degree and an ambition. Together, the three of them decided to work on a secret project, to write a book of interviews, about how it was like for black maids to work in a white household.

Character development was the greatest part of this book. The transition between what they were to what they are was excellently executed. Aibileen, who was all about following orders, became rebellious like it was the greatest thing there was. Minny, smart-mouthed for her own good, learned when to speak and when to shut it. Skeeter, who used to smoke a lot, controlled herself from doing it again.

Hilly, the main villain of the story, was well-written and a very effective antagonist.

The book was told in four POVs – Aibileen’s, Skeeter’s, Minny’s, and one chapter of third person. Each POV had a different story to tell, so it was like reading many stories in one.

Kathryn Stockett really took me back in time. It made me realize why Historical Fiction is big in the book community. It’s fun to go back in time when things were just being invented. It’s more fun to compare then and now, and be happy that things are changing. Not totally, but at least it’s better now.

A heartbreaking and wholesome read, I highly recommend this book to everyone!

 

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Post-Graduation Book Haul

Hello, everyone!

Here are some books I bought last Monday from BOOKSALE, a bookstore here in the Philippines where they mostly sell pre-loved books, magazines, and others, at a very affordable price.

I haven’t been in a bookstore for  quiet a while so I made sure every second I was there count.

THE BOOKS

  • Camping for Boys by H.W. Gibson: This ain’t fiction, but a manual on how to do things in a camp. I bought it because it might help in my writing journey in the future.
  • The Love of Stones by Tobias Hill: The book gave me a dark and a haunting vibe as I looked at the cover. And the blurbs helped a lot.
  • Fireflies in December by Jennifer Erin Valent: The synopsis got me hooked!
  • The Distant Hours by Kate Morton: A cover buy and a book size buy.
  • The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman: I always wanted to read the ‘His Dark Materials’ trilogy.
  • The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman: Also, this and The Subtle Knife were the only copies left, so I didn’t want such opportunity to pass by. And yes, I couldn’t find The Golden Compass. I guess I just gotta buy it online.
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett: My current read! And I think I’m gonna love it!

 

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Greetings!

Hello, everyone! I am Leo and this is my brand new and permanent blog!

Here, I will post all bookish things, as well as some writing stuff because I love writing as well!

My love for reading and writing started when I was a junior in high school, after reading the Harry Potter Series. Since then, I cannot stop myself from reading more books and writing stories I never actually finish (well, some).

Thank you so much for taking the time of reading this and visiting my blog. I’m hoping to be friends with all of you soon!

For now, have a great day!

 

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