We live in a privileged world. A world in which the word ‘fat’ is replaced by ‘curvy’, ‘retard’ is replaced by ‘differently abled’ and it’s rude to point out the color of a person’s skin because we are all so sensitive. But we weren’t always this way, were we?
This novel takes you back to the year 1960 in Jackson, Mississippi where black people were still struggling for their basic rights. A struggle where a black person couldn’t attend the same school or university as the whites, could only work as a laborer or help, couldn’t even use the same toilets as the whites. A world where black maids raise white children but aren’t trusted not to steal the silver…
Aibileen, a calm and polite help, raising her seventeenth white child. Minny, a sassy-mouthed but fantastic cook. Skeeter, wannabe journalist. This is an extraordinary tale of three women who come together from different walks of life for a common purpose and end up becoming family. Each woman has a different battle to win, they come out stronger and wiser than before.
The story is gripping, funny and brilliant! The pace of the book agrees personally with me and I enjoyed reading every word and phrase. There is thrill and excitement and secrets, one that will keep you turning pages late at night. Minny has become my favorite character of all times. I absolutely adore her courage, honesty and sass. What a woman!
If you like drama, this one’s for you. Happy reading! 🙂
Favorite Quotes from the book:
“All I’m saying is, kindness don’t have no boundaries.”
“You is kind. You is smart. You is important.”
“Wasn’t that the point of the book? For women to realize, We are just two people. Not that much separates us. Not nearly as much as I’d thought.”
“All my life I’d been told what to believe about politics, coloreds, being a girl. But with Constantine’s thumb pressed in my hand, I realized I actually had a choice in what I could believe.”
“Mississippi is like my mother. I am allowed to complain about her all I want, but God help the person who raises an ill word about her around me, unless she is their mother too.”
(Disclaimer: All opinions expressed are strictly my own and in no way influenced.)