Talk about a book that could have used one more edit...
Lest you think my thoughts on The Help are totally negative, let me clear that up now. It has a good plot, a great theme, and I love the characters. So what's the problem? Stockett beats you over the head with the aforesaid theme. Over and over and over and over.
We get it already, Kathryn.
Maybe if I hadn't been reading shorter novels with spare and poetic prose I'd have appreciated The Help a little more. As it was, by the middle of the novel I considered skimming through to the end. I wanted to know what happened, yet I could hardly stand reading such a long, drawn-out, over-inflated book to get there. At 451 pages, it was at times near being a slog.
But I persisted, for the sake of the book group discussion this week. Though not without some grumbling. And I know, I'm in the minority on this book. Everyone's book group is reading it. Copies of it are so scarce in our library district my supervisor had to go buy me a copy to read for the discussion.
And it's a good enough book. Not a great book by any stretch of the imagination, but a good one. If I could have gotten my hands on it, though, my red pen would have been flying - Take out this chapter! You don't need this character! Cut! Cut! CUT! And Skeeter as the main character's name? Really?
I'll save myself the trouble of giving you the plot, instead leaving that to Publishers Weekly:
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