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Teen Book Review — The Help


Title: The Help

Author: Kathryn Stockett

Stars (out of 5): 3

Review: The Help is set in the early 1960s in Jackson Mississippi, and is told from the perspective of 3 people, Aibileen, Minny and Skeeter. Aibileen is an African-American maid who cleans houses and cares for the young children of white families. During the time covered in the novel, she has a job looking after a toddler girl named Mae Mobley, her first job since her own 24-year-old son was killed in an on-the-job accident. Minny, Aibileen’s confrontational friend who frequently tells her employers what she thinks of them, which has resulted in her being fired from 19 jobs. Her most recent employer was Mrs. Walters, mother of Hilly Holbrook. Hilly is the social leader of the community, and head of the Junior League. Skeeter is daughter of a white family that owns a large cotton farm. She just came from college, as well she wants to get a job as a writer. In conclusion Skeeter wants to write something that impacts the society where she lives. In this way, the help starts.

This review was written by a 10th grader.

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