Title: The Help
Author: Kathryn Stockett
Publication Date: February 10, 2009

Rating: ★ ★ ★  
It’s often said that “the book is always better than the movie”. In every case where I’ve experienced both, I’d have to agree, making The Help no exception. I worked through this book quickly, but I found myself easily immersed into the world and lives of the characters.

One thing that differs greatly from the film is that Stockett tells the story using first-person narration from three separate points of view – Aibilene, Skeeter, and Minny. Each has a distinct voice – not only in the way they speak but also the way they see the world. There is a depth and richness to this story that goes well above the film (which I also enjoyed). The writing is very well done and I definitely look forward to another novel from Kathryn Stockett.