GGG Book Club: The Help

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Hi lovelies! I realized tonight that I haven’t done book club in a while, so I’m bringing it back! I’ve read lots of great books lately, but thought I’d discuss one that everyone’s talking about: The Help by Kathryn Stockett!

Synopsis:

Set in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960s, The Help tells the story of three different, fascinating women. Skeeter has just returned home from college at Old Miss with a stronger desire to write something important than to get married and have children, as all of her friends have done. Aibileen is a black maid that has developed a certain hardness since her son was killed but is still devoted to the little white girl she looks after and is determined to raise her in a positive way. Her best friend is Minny, the sassy black maid who’s known throughout Jackson as being the best cook with a sharp tongue and quite a reputation. When the three come together secretly for a controversial project, they start to let themselves believe in the possibility that things could change and end up creating something remarkable.

Thoughts:

I loved this book! It was definitely one that I could not put down and found myself reaching for my Kindle whenever I had a spare minute. This book is about so many things: friendship, equality, values, strength, faith, support… the list goes on. Stockett is able to embody all of these things when writing in the voices of Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny and you are truly transported into their worlds. You find yourself laughing with them, hurting for them and feeling frustrated on their behalf as well. Although this book is fictional, it provides what I believe to be a fairly accurate portrayal of the South in the 1960s. At times, it’s hard to comprehend that so much hatred and inequality was present during some of our parent’s lifetime. Just like Skeeter wanted to do, this book really does show a different perspective and made me think while being a thoroughly enjoyable read.

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Movie:

When I know that a movie based on a book is coming out, I always try to read the book prior to the movie’s release. But like most people, I almost always enjoy the book more as I spend most of the movie wondering why specific parts were left out or questioning the casting. This was not the case with The Help. I think all of the casting choices were perfect. Emma Stone was fantastic as Skeeter, Viola Davis was the perfect Aibileen and Octavia Spencer as Minny made me laugh as much in the movie as she did in the book. Furthermore, I truly understood that the parts of the book that were cut out were purely done so due to a timing issue and felt that it didn’t hurt the movie at all. This is truly a fantastic movie- it will make you laugh, cry and really think all at the same time. If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you, the movie is a must-see all on its own merit.

Please excuse the bite taken out of the side... I literally could not wait to taste it!

After the movie, my movie date (my mom who also read and loved the book) and I decided it was only fitting that we go to the Soul Food restaurant and split a piece of caramel cake! If you’ve read the book, you’ll know that Minny always talks about making her famous caramel cake and so we decided that it was time to try it! Our report? Caramel cake is amazing! I’m usually only a chocolate fan, but this was delicious and oddly, even better the next day!

Recommendation:

I highly recommend both the book AND the movie. So go out, get yourself a piece of caramel cake or some fried chicken and enjoy one of the most talked about books/movies of the year!

Questions:

-Have you read The Help? What did you think?

-If you saw the movie and read the book, were you happy with the result? Were the casting choices what you had imagined?

-Have you ever seen a movie that was as good as the book?

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10 thoughts on “GGG Book Club: The Help

  1. Glad to know there is FINALLY a movie that was a book that is worth watching!!! -I want to read the help, maybe I should start so I can watch it when it comes out on DVD. LOVED that you gave us all the info, now I’m pumped!!!! 🙂
    -Can’t say I’ve ever seen movie that was better than the book. Just watched ‘Something Borrowed’ and I questioned things here and there throughout the entire movie!

    • Oh good! I hope that you love the book and movie as much as I did! And I heard a lot of people felt that way about Something Borrowed. I read it years ago that by the time I saw the movie, I didn’t really remember the plot of the book, so I was able to enjoy it!

  2. I was just talking about this with some people last night! I really want to see the movie but I have to read the book first!! I refuse to see a movie that’s based on a book without reading the book first. Like you said, the book is always better than the movie 🙂

  3. That caramel cake looks ridiculously good!

    I haven’t read the Help but I want to, and I REALLY want to see the movie (hello Emma Stone favorite actress ever!) I honestly thought that the Harry Potter movies did the books justice… not as good but definitely close!

  4. I absolutely LOVED The Help! I think it may be my favorite book ever. I know that’s a loaded statement, but I haven’t enjoyed a book so much in a long time. I’ve been too busy to see the movie, but since we’re supposed to be hit by hurricane this weekend, I’m thinking it might be the *perfect* time to spend some time indoors at a theater. 🙂

    Oh my goodness gracious, that caramel cake looks amazing! How fun that you and your mom went out to celebrate the movie afterwards! Love it. 🙂 xoxo

  5. I read The Help when it first came out and couldn’t put it down. After I was done I let everyone I know borrow it, it was just so good. I saw the movie on opening day (I’m a bit obsessed) and really enjoyed it. I totally agree with your review, book movies are usually a bit of a disappointment but I thought they did a wonderful job capturing the characters and story.

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