The Help

So it’s been longer than I intended between my ‘I’m going to read for Diverseathon’ post and now this ‘here’s what I read for Diverseathon’ because I’ve been crazy busy. I recently finished my teaching contract in Thailand and now I’m travelling around Asia, so since I finished Katherine Stockett’s The Help I’ve been busy with a scuba diving course and a trip to Hong Kong. Now I’m on a four hour flight to Malaysia, so I thought I’d use this time to catch up.

I actually watched the film The Help a year ago when I was on the plane to Thailand originally. I loved the film; I thought it was so excellently done. I went into this book expecting to love it, and it absolutely did not disappoint. It’s a story set in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960s where racial segregation was incredibly prominent. We follow three main characters (all of whom get their own POVs throughout the book). Two of them are coloured maids, or ‘the help’, and one is a young white girl fresh out of university with a passion for writing and a desire to share the stories of the unheard voices of Mississippi.

The main storyline follows Skeeter as she tries to find coloured women willing to cooperate in her plans to write a book, detailing the lives of the maids. Though this is the main storyline, there are many others also taking place, and the book covers many themes, the main theme being race and racism.

I highly recommend both the book and the film.