I am not a really experienced reader (this was only the 12th book I have read) and I am not sure that I have the qualifications to do a book review, but here goes.......
First off I want you to know that this is Kathryn Stockett's first book. I will be looking for others that she might write in the future. The story is set in Mississippi, in the 1960's. It is a book about female friendships and race relations. It is both heartbreaking and heartwarming, all at the same time.
There are 3 main characters......Skeeter, a young woman just returning home after graduating from Ole Miss and two black maids, Abbileen and Minny. Abbileen is a wise woman raising her seventeenth white child and Minny is Abbileen's best friend and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. These 3 women come together to work on a project that puts them all at risk.
My favourite thing about this author is how she is able to capture each character's pitch-perfect voice. This helps to paint the perfect scene as you move through this book, chapter by chapter. On many occasions I found myself laughing out loud at some of the phrases.
I found out that they are making a movie about this book and it is due to release in August. I have never been to a movie that I have read the book for. This will be a new experience for me. I was really curious, so I looked up the trailer.
I can't wait to see it. Many say I will probably be disappointed in the movie vs the book, but I am willing to take the risk.
I am enjoying my new reading hobby so much! Some days I feel like I just can't read fast enough. I have made a list of books that I would like to read over the next few months.
- A Reliable Wife - Robert Goolrick
- Handle With Care - Jodi Picoult
- Lowboy - John Wray
- The Cradle - Patricia Sommerville
- Thanks for the Memories - Cecelia Ahren
- Darling Jim - Christian Morek
- Life Sentences - Laura Lippman
- Happens Everyday - Isabelle Gillies
- Strange But True - John Searles
- A Boy Still Missing - John Searles