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Having read both fiction and non-fiction books about the Jim Crow era in the American south, I found The Help to be one of the more detailed perspectives I've read. I am surprised at how the author depicts believeable characters such as Hilly and Aibileen. It's disgusting, however, the social norms of those times and the way in which black people were treated. It was as if they were not humans. I am also saddened by the story of Mae Mobley who, as a little white girl at age 2, only knows the unconditional love of Aibileen. Mae's own mother showed her little affection or regard. Many white children in those times were raised, lovingly, by their maids, but the hatred toward the same maids and their families continued for decades. It is very unfortunate.
I fully recommend this book. I will warn, however, that the reader should not expect an accurate account of the actual feelings of the black people described in the book. It simply is not possible for others to know the pain and madness they truly experienced.

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User Review  - Judith - Goodreads

I didn't expect me to like this book so much! I thought the 450 pages would be a struggle, but I flew through it. Amazing story, even more amazing characters! And can I please hit Hilly...? Read full review

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User Review  - Casey Solay - Goodreads

i read this book because i wasnt allowed to watch the movie :( it was okay though because i could kind of picture in my head what would happen in the movie. i read the bit on the back as well so pictures kept popping into my head. The category it would cover on the bingo board would be ' Read full review

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User Review  - Bethanie Namoff - Goodreads

The Help is a very inspirational heart-felt book. I read this book very quickly because it always kept me on my toes about the ending of the story. I will never forget this story because it shows how woman stand up to what they believe in and wont take no for an answer. Read full review

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User Review  - Mica Delong veihman - Goodreads

I read The Warmth of Other Suns not too long before I read this and that book was so powerful in describing the real effects of segregation and the Great Migration from the South that this book came ... Read full review

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User Review  - Meg Vann - Goodreads

This audiobook kept my whole family engrossed and entertained on our driving holiday. A great story, beautifully told and brilliantly narrated. Read full review

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User Review  - Maria - Goodreads

This book was really touching and this time in history was really interesting to me. The author portrayed the character's thoughts well! To be honest, I didn't really even know what the movie was about when I watched a bit of it. I decided to read the book first, then finish up the movie. Read full review

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User Review  - Jenn Deveans - Goodreads

very sweet book...funny the part about the chocolate pie was great....i wanted to ring some of those white girls necks. cant believe ppl used to and probably still think like that..ignorant racists... Read full review

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User Review  - Regina Vogler - Goodreads

Is there a "The Help, Part 2" lol? I am utterly happy/sad I finished this book; riveting narrative, full of emotion - many late nights were had as I could not put this book down! Almost 500 pages long ... Read full review

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