The Help by Kathryn Stockett: Review

Thursday, March 28, 2013

So, for this book, I guess I'll just post the summary from Goodreads and then my review!


The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Since I am posting my pre-review after I read the book, I'm just going to post the summary of this because I can't talk about how excited I am for this book after reading! :)

Synopsis:

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.
In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

And now for my review!

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Rating: ***** stars! YAY!

Initial Reaction After Finishing This Book:


Give a hand for this book. It was BEAUTIFUL!!!! And thankfully, not as boring as most historical fiction. I honestly can't say that I didn't expect a lot from this book, because I DID! And it delivered! The reason I expected so much, is because this book is so POPULAR, and since I absolutely LOVED the movie. I know it's kind of stupid of me, because so many popular books I've read have fell flat, but not this book!

The Good:

1. The POV. I tend to gravitate towards books that are told from multiple perspectives, because that way I'm not just stuck in one person's head the entire time. This book was told by three perspectives: That of housemaids Minny and Aibileen, and of journalist Skeeter. My favorite perspective by far was that of Minny, only because my favorite character in this book was Celia Foote, and since Minny was Celia's maid, you read the most about her from Minny's perspective. But it was still interesting from Aibileen and Skeeter's perspective as well. The one thing I would change about the POV in this book, would be to add one more POV: that of Hilly Holbrook. Resident, um word I am not going to write, and anti-black idiot. This book was told from the perspective of people who are against segregation, so it feels a bit one-sided, and I would have liked to read from Hilly's POV. Also, I loved how Kathryn Stockett gave the writing a southern twang. Like the way words were phrased, and she also showed the accent in her writing.

2. The Plot. As I said before, a lot of the time, historical fiction can be boring as hell. This is how it feels reading a lot of historical fiction:

Today, I milked the cow and watered our garden. It is coming along nicely. No word from father or my brother. I am now peeling potatoes. What fun!

Like, yawn. But this book was not like that at all! It takes place in the 60s, and is about a white woman named Skeeter, who is against all the segregation happening around her in Mississippi. She wants to be an author, and she decides she wants to write about the real lives of black maids. It is dangerous, but she takes the risk. It has a really interesting plot! I don't want to give away too much about the plot so I won't say anything else :).

3. The characters. I know I said this already, but Celia. She was my absolute FAVORITE character in the entire book, probably because I LOVE eccentric characters, and that's exactly what Celia was! These characters were seriously brought to life by the author. The one thing that made me sad was I was unable to build my own picture of what the characters looked like because I watched the movie before I read the book, :(.

4. The ending. I loved the ending of this book. It was touching and powerful, and ultimately brought a smile to my face. It really seems like power is a common theme in this book. :)

The Bad:

1. I'm not sure... A lot of people have said that this book overly dramatizes cruelty or something like that, but I'm not sure so I'm not going to say anything about it.


So, this is basically a wonderful book!

To Read Or Not to Read?

READ. Just do it, No pressure. Just do it. Go on now. Read it. I said READ IT. :)





I'm done!

Monday, March 25, 2013
So, I finished Fahrenheit 451! Review coming soon! In the mean time, I'm going to go work on my review for The Help now! :)

Coming soon!

Sunday, March 24, 2013
Hey guys!

So, I am going to get involved with something I'm sure you've heard of: Top Ten Tuesday!!

If you haven't heard of it, well here's what it's all about.

Over on a fellow book blog, the broke and the bookish, this is a meme where there will be a prompt, such as your top ten favorite books, which I will then respond to!

I am looking forward to this, and hope you enjoy reading my lists!

By the way, you should check out the broke and the bookish. It's a REALLY great blog :).

Pretties by Scott Westerfeld: Review

Saturday, March 23, 2013
Hello!!!!

I am now going to post my review for Pretties by Scott Westerfeld! ***WARNING: This review may contain spoilers for this book and Uglies.***


Pretties by Scott Westerfeld

Rating:**** 1/2 stars :)ish

Initial Reaction After Reading This Book:




Why Scott Westerfeld? Why?

It seems like at the end of every single book in the Uglies series, there will be some kind of last-second twist no one expects. I'm honestly not sure how I feel about the twist. All in all, this was a good book, but it just didn't top Uglies for me. After reading Uglies,  I was UNBELIEVABLY excited to find out what Tally would be like now that she was pretty. But now... well... I guess I'll find out what she's like as a SPECIAL?!

The Good:

1. The setting. I was blown away by the originality of the setting of New Pretty Town, or more accurately, the technological advancements. Dystopian and Utopian fiction books sometimes disappoint me as far as technological advancements go. But this book certainly didn't. The surges, and those cuffs, and smart walls, it was all so high-tech. This world was definitely something beyond my wildest imagination. It exploded my brain.


2. The Characters. I loved the new characters in this book. Specifically, I loved the addition of Zane. He was a very sweet, loving character. I also liked Peris, but would have enjoyed reading more about him. And Dr. Cable? You gotta love how EVIL she is. :)

3. The plot twists. This book is definitely one that keeps you on your toes. You honestly never know what's coming next. When it finally seems that Tally is going to run away from New Pretty Town, you find out she missed her jump location, and she lands in the middle of some tribal community, which actually a research project of a group of specials, reminiscent of Running Out Of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix. Also, that ending. It honestly leaves you thinking:


Like really.

The Bad:

1. The concept. Okay, someone please explain to me, what does being Bubbly mean? Like seriously! Some of the important concepts of this book just flew right past me while I ran behind yelling, "Don't go!!!!!!" 

2. The mentality. Not of this book, but what the concept of pretty in this book was. It actually got to the point of freaky. Like, having a clock in your eye that moves counter clockwise and is surrounded by rhinestones? A tattoo that pulses to your heartbeat? What fresh hell is this? 

So even though I actually wasn't sure of the meaning behind some of the main points of this book, it was still an enticing read which I enjoyed. 

So, 

To Read Or Not To Read?

If you have read Uglies, READ!!!!

If you haven't read Uglies, first read Uglies, then READ!!!!

I know...

I know... I know.

I haven't posted about what I'm reading, and my reviews for a LONG TIME. But now it's spring break, and I'm going to catch up. Promise.

So looking at my last review/update post, I had just started Pretties. So, I have since then finished that, started and finished The Help, and am currently reading Fahrenheit 451. Also, I need to update for The Pearl and Hoot. So I am about 5 posts behind. Oops. :)

So I think I'll do at least do 2 posts today. Okay? Okay.


Until later today, bye! :)

Oopsy Daisy!

Saturday, March 16, 2013
I've fallen behind again, haven't I?

My apologies.

So, since I last posted, I finished Pretties and The Help, and just now started Fahrenheit 451. 

All this stuff is coming soon!

Byes! (:

Casting news!

Four from Divergent has been cast!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And it's Theo James:




I'm not sure how I feel about this, but it's leaning towards NOT GOOD.

I feel better about the Alex who has been cast for Delirium:



Daren Kagasoff:


Thoughts?

Random...sorry

Friday, March 15, 2013
I'm trying something new for my goodreads profile, but just in case I don't like it, I need a place to store my old profile description, so I'm using this. :) Ok, here we go.


OMG HI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



I know Dori, I'm excited to see them too!

I AM KUH-RAZY!!!!!!!! I love laughing. If anyone says something remotely funny I'll just go like:



I also love making other people laugh.And yeah, back to books. They're are my life. Yeah I know I sound like an obsessive freak but if you call me one:


In case there is any confusion, I am the one in the purple robe and you are the one in overalls.


Me when I see a book I really want to read:


I love my family. They are always so sweet and caring. I just wanna give them a hug like:



Or is that a little too violent? 


Also I adore my friends. We love to party and have fun, and can make each other laugh until we cry. This is us in class when one of us cracks a funny joke.

Some of my besties are: Cassidy, Julia, Dasha, and Alyssa Peterson. Not like you'd know any of them but you know, whatever.

What do I think is the worlds greatest food you ask? Well, cupcakes of course. They're in some weird way, about 8 bajillion times better in real cake. Or you know, that's just my VERY strong opinion about them. If someone gives me an eggless cupcake (Cuz I'm lacto-vegetarian.) I'll be all like:


and then:


I also like music, movies, travelling and stuff. Later!

I got my work cut out for me :)

Friday, March 8, 2013
The first two rows of books are books I need to finish because they will be due at the library, plus I got like 3 or 4 after this picture was taken. :)

You know you've picked out a good book when...

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
You know you've picked out a good book when you are getting your books checked out from the library and when the librarian picks up the book, she smiles.

This happened to me on Sunday when the librarian picked this book up to scan.



I guess it's good! :)


And on a completely unrelated note, you've probably noticed how much I've posted today. That's because those are quick, easy posts I can do, so I'll do those more often, but I'll still post my reviews and stuff, just that I'll be doing this alongside! So, I finished Pretties a couple days ago, so I have to review that, plus post an intro and update for The Help, and an update for The Pearl.


Bye!

I AM SO EXCITED.

Hunger Games: Catching Fire movie stuff. Check it out!











EEEEEPPPPP I am so excited except Finnick. NO. Sam Claflin is not and will never be Finnick. GRRRRRR.

Awesome series/trilogies!











Ok, fine, I do.

Do I wish I had all these books? Pssshhh...yeah right.


OK fine, yes I do, VERY MUCH especially picture number 6.


My heaven.

Book stuff!

So have I!
True Story. :)

That looks like a small piece of heaven!
All of these books are favorites, except The Selection,  which is on my to-read list! If you don't recognize these books, these are the names, starting from the top.
1. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
2. The Selection by Kiera Cass
3. Divergent by Veronica Roth
4. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
5. Matched by Allie Condie

One of my favorite books: Divergent

I realize I haven't posted a review for this yet. I will do that later, but for now...





The Cover!


Oh, the ferris wheel scene. :)



An AMAZING fanmade movie poster. :)

The author :)
The last words of Insurgent, or the most heartless cliffhanger ever.

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