Tuesday, April 23, 2013

"The Help" (A Lexi Review, Confession, and Giggles)

Hello, y'all!

First off, everybody go read Ashley's post from yesterday because she rocks. Leave constructive criticism or just cheers. She may have the next best seller in her hands, and she's brave enough to put her works out there, which is big (at least to me). I wanna tell you guys that she's so brave with everything, and she deserves so much good in her life. She deserves everybody knowing the courage that she has in her is so great that you can't help but feel brave and powerful, too.

Second, I dunno if y'all know, but I'm a writer, too. But know that I may never put anything on here, because I'm a big scaredy-cat. Instead, I'm going to announce today that I'm a Whovian. I am. Today was a big day for us "Doctor Who" fans. We put tally marks on us to mark the first episode involving The Silence. Don't ask. Just go watch some episodes with David Tennant, and then you'll get it.

Now, know that I am going to kill her over reading 50 Shades of Grey. Lol jk.

Okay, also, I'm watching the movie "The Help," a tale of other brave women. The movie doesn't compare to the book, but they do both make me cry. Watching the movie after reading the book made me become brave enough to defy and have a blog about being sexually assaulted. I did for a little while. I may be starting again. 

But until then, let's focus on reviewing The Help by Kathryn Stockett.

Just in case you've been ignoring media and totally haven't caught either the movie or the novel, here's a brief summary from Ms. Stockett's website:

"Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step.

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.
Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed."

This novel is one of my most favorite novels in the entire world. It brought to life what it was like for "the help" and society as a whole during the Civil Rights Movement. I love the idea of somebody revealing it back in that time. There truly is no technical issues or issues with plot, point-of-view, or anything else in this novel. It shows what happens when one person stands up for what's right. It takes one person to go against something that big, in a town so racist, in the South, to show what truly happens.

Think about it like this: What if you were seen as simply a piece of property that was never given respect? What if you were treated like trash as well? Beaten? What if you got an extremely risky chance to tell what is was like? Would you be that brave?

The women in this story were.

In Conclusion: Read it, you guys. Honestly, just read it. It's hilarious, touching, and purely stupendous.


5/5 birds like on the cover...

And Now You:
Is there something you want to stand up against? Something you see and want to fix? to stop? Have you already stood up for something in your life? Tell us about it in the comments! We want to hear your story (stories)! Talk to us about the book, too, if you've read it!

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