October 12, 2014 by Beth - I SNIFF BOOKS blog
THE HELP by Kathyrn Stockett and published by the Berkley Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0425245132. Move tie-in paperback edition, 534 pages. Publication date: June 28, 2011.
I read THE HELP a few years ago and as I recall, I quite liked it. I definitely would have given it a 4-star, maybe even 5-star review at that time. However, my re-read is most definitely not going well. This passage caused me to groan and just give up:
“I stand in front of the window and unbutton my blouse. Carefully, I turn the dial to ‘3.’ Because I long to feel nothing. I want to be frozen inside. I want the icy cold to blow directly on my heart.” [p 325]
Yup, page 325. I might add there are still 200+ pages too go. I love a big thick book, but this book might could’ve used a bit of editing to shorten its length. I kept plodding along, but reading THE HELP was beginning to feel like a chore (no pun intended). Although admittedly, some of the story was enjoyable and I was emotionally moved a few times.
I skimmed some unfavorable reviews and I can’t help but agreeing with some of the negative things that other readers pointed out — mostly related to dialect, character development, and length of story. I suppose I didn’t notice these things the first time around. But now I can’t help it. And it bugs me to the point that I really can’t enjoy the story so this book is a DNF. However, the book has over 6,000 5-star ratings on amazon and over half a million (!!) 5-star reviews on goodreads, so clearly this book has been enjoyed by many people.