RATING: 5 STARS
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!