Monday, August 15, 2011

Learning, from The Help

I absolutely loved the novel "The Help" and would without a doubt recommend it to every person willing to read it. You can learn so much from this book, from history to life lessons. This book will make you laugh one second and cry your eyes out the next. I think those aforementioned things are the ingredients to every successful novel.


On another note, the movie was also pretty fabulous. As per the usual, I would definitely recommend everyone to read the book before you watch the movie. Unlike most movies I have seen that are based on books, this one actually stayed pretty true to the book so I really enjoyed it. On the other hand though, it left out many small stories and details that the book covers. Watch the movie, but first read the book. They are both very touching but the book becomes a part of how you think, act, and live while the movie passes in around 2 hours. 

I absolutely loved the clothing, the homes, and the cast. The cast could not have been picked any better. All the characters are almost exactly how I pictured them while reading the book. The main character, Skeeter, was played by one of my favorite actresses, Emma Stone, so I may be partial.

Here are some pictures from the movie.

Without giving away much of the story lines of either media, I would like to talk about a certain part of the book. During this part, Aibileen, Mae Mobley's nanny/maid tells Mae Mobley a 'secret story' that could get her fired in an instant. Aibileen is a strong woman though and tells Mae Mobley the story anyways in hope that Mae Mobley won't end up like her mother.
It is such a simple story.. but a story we could all learn from none the less.

As told by Aibileen:
"Once upon a time they was two little girls," I say. "One girl had black skin, one girl had white."
Mae Mobley look up at me. She listening.
"Little colored girl say to the little white girl, 'How come your skin be so pale?' White girl say, 'I don't know. How come your skin be so black? What you think that mean?'
"But neither one a them little girls knew. So little white girl say, 'Well, let's see. You got hair, I got hair.'" I gives Mae Mobley a little tousle on her head.
"Little colored girl say, 'I got a nose, you got a nose.' "I gives her little snout a tweak. She got to each up and do the same to me.
"Little white girl say, 'I got toes, you got toes.' And I do the little thing with her toes, but she can't get to mine cause I got my white work shoes on.
"So we's the same. Just a different color,' say that little colored girl. The little white girl she agreed and they was friends. The end."

Now, I like to think that I'm not the 'preachin' type.. but, I hope you got what I wanted you to get out of this story. If a little girl in the middle of being potty trained can understand and learn from this story, I hope that we all take a little something from it. Thank goodness times have changed since those days, but we still have a long way to go. 

Read The Help. See The Help. You won't be sorry! 

Updates coming soon on mine and Andrew's trip to Orlando! We have the corniest cutest picture to share with y'all.


  1. I read the book earlier this summer.. and it's by far the best book I've ever read! I have yet to see the movie, though... but my mom and I are going this week. I can't wait!!

  2. I lovedddddd the book!! And thought the movie was great too.

  3. I heard this book was incredible--it's definitely on my must read list!

    Thanks for the review!


  4. I was also very pleased with the movie!! They did a great job and I definitely needed some tissues!!

  5. I LOVED the book also! I couldn't read all of your post because I haven't seen the movie. I am so excited to see it and I'm glad you said it stayed true to the book. :)


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