The Help (Movie Tie-In)

Share a book and a smile.
by Kathryn Stockett | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0425245136 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Kimmi of Kelowna, British Columbia Canada on 1/29/2011
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16 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by Kimmi from Kelowna, British Columbia Canada on Wednesday, August 24, 2011
I really enjoyed this book and found it a fast read which to me means that it was well written! I laughed, I cried, and I cheered the characters on. I am going to see the movie this week and I hope that it is as enjoyable as the book.

I am offering this as a bookring so if anyone is interested, please PM me with your location and shipping preference. The next person to read this book is my mother but then the ring will begin.

Journal Entry 2 by Kimmi at Kelowna, British Columbia Canada on Sunday, October 30, 2011
Final order as of Dec 23rd, 2011.

1. Maranlin - Canada - intl ok
2. CityofLakesGirl - Canada - intl ok
3. JennyC1230 - US - US preferred
4. Southernfried - US - US preferred
5. biisbsw - US - US preferred
6. JudySlump612 - US - intl ok
7. kizmiaz - Portugal - EU pref
8. marijketje - Netherlands - EU pref
9. jonniboi - UK - UK preferred
102. lizzy-stardust - UK - intl ok
11. Originalmulli - UK - intl ok
12. hazy_d - Ireland - intl ok
13. back to me Kimmi in Canada

ETA: March 18, 2013: this ring is not finished and Originalmulli has the book to with as pleased. Thanks to all the participants!

Journal Entry 3 by wingMaranlinwing at Burlington, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, November 09, 2011
The book arrived today safe and sound. Good timing, as I am just finishing up my current book. Looking forward to this one. Thanks for sharing, Kimmi.

Journal Entry 4 by wingMaranlinwing at Burlington, Ontario Canada on Sunday, December 04, 2011

Released 8 yrs ago (12/4/2011 UTC) at Burlington, Ontario Canada

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This was such a good book. It was a real eye opener to me to read about life in Mississippi in the 1960's, in particular for the black people, but also the attitudes of whites. Although I remember being aware of segregated schools and other limitations for blacks during that era, there was so much I was not aware of, probably due to the fact that I was just a teenager at that time and not being too much in tune to current events. Also, living in Canada, life was much different.

I would highly recommend this book, and I'm glad I read it. There are many poignant, sad moments, but also some humour thrown in.

I have mailed this off today to CityofLakesGirl. Thank you so much, Kimmi for sharing this book.

Journal Entry 5 by CityofLakesGirl at Covehead, Prince Edward Island Canada on Thursday, December 15, 2011
Received today, hope to have this read by the new year and ready to pass along.

Journal Entry 6 by CityofLakesGirl at Covehead, Prince Edward Island Canada on Sunday, February 19, 2012
I always love books written in a southern setting, and this one was no exception. This was very eye opening for me, it's hard to imagine people can and did treat other people so horribly, not only in the past but it also continues to this day in some cultures. We can all learn some lessons from this book.

I experienced a lot of emotional ups and downs as I became attached to the characters along the way. I found myself rooting for certain ones, and loathing some others! The strength and determination of some of the characters was incredible to follow.

Great read, thanks so much for sharing. Will be in the mail this week to JennyC1230.

Journal Entry 7 by CityofLakesGirl at Covehead, Prince Edward Island Canada on Sunday, February 26, 2012
JennyC1230 is skipping, so waiting for next person on list Southernfried, to get back to me.

Journal Entry 8 by CityofLakesGirl at Covehead, Prince Edward Island Canada on Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Released 7 yrs ago (3/2/2012 UTC) at Covehead, Prince Edward Island Canada

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This went in the mail last week, on it's way to southernfryed. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 9 by wingSouthernfryedwing at Lexington, South Carolina USA on Monday, March 19, 2012
book arrived! Looking forward to getting started but want to finish my current book first.

4/12/2012
Sometimes life happens to take precedence over reading. My personal life has been one thing after another this month and I've had precious little time for reading. I will be starting this book tomorrow and hope to read it quickly and move it along soon. Thanks for your patience.

4/22/2012
I enjoyed this book-can't wait to watch the movie! I will put this book in the mail on Monday.

Journal Entry 10 by wingSouthernfryedwing at Lexington, South Carolina USA on Monday, April 23, 2012

Released 7 yrs ago (4/23/2012 UTC) at Lexington, South Carolina USA

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dropped in the mail to Biisbsw

Journal Entry 11 by biisbsw at Endicott, New York USA on Sunday, April 29, 2012
Thanks for sending this book! It arrived over the weekend. I'm very excited to read this but have a couple other bookray books to get to first. I'll move this along as quickly as I can.

Journal Entry 12 by biisbsw at Endicott, New York USA on Thursday, June 07, 2012

Released 7 yrs ago (6/6/2012 UTC) at Endicott, New York USA

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Sent off to the next reader of the ray. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Journal Entry 13 by wingJudySlump612wing at Minneapolis, Minnesota USA on Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Arrived here safely today. Really looking forward to this, and Kimmi, what a perfect bookplate!

Journal Entry 14 by wingJudySlump612wing at Minneapolis, Minnesota USA on Friday, July 06, 2012
I loved the book, but sometimes it was hard to read. You see train wrecks lurking ahead, and the characters with the most to lose are the ones you like the best. I was very relieved that the ending was more positive than I expected.

A couple of the Discussion Questions surprised me, implying some positive aspects to Hilly and Skeeter's mother. Hilly was maybe a better mother than Elizabeth, but then so is any stray ally cat. If she was, it was because it was the only relationship she could accept with other people: one in which she had total control over their behavior. IMHO, none of the white mothers came off at all well. I felt sorry for Miss Walters for getting pushed into the nursing home. But then as Hilly's mother, she must have had some hand in raising Hilly as the monster she turned out to be, so not too much sympathy there.

Another thing that surprised me was Hilly's fury at finding that Skeeter had a copy of the Jim Crow laws. If they're laws, they have to be public, right? Otherwise, how would people know what to do or not do? And it was clear that Hilly liked the laws just the way they stood. The fact that she could only see this as dangerously subversive on Skeeter's part shows how deeply paranoid Hilly was, at least about racial issues.

Now I really want to see the film!

Journal Entry 15 by wingJudySlump612wing at By mail, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Friday, July 06, 2012

Released 7 yrs ago (7/6/2012 UTC) at By mail, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases

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Mailed to Kizmiaz

Journal Entry 16 by kizmiaz at Belém , Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Tuesday, July 10, 2012
just got it, thanks Kimmi and JudySlump612.
Will get to it as soon as I finish my current reading

Journal Entry 17 by kizmiaz at Belém , Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Friday, August 03, 2012
This is one of the most impressive debut novels that I ever read.
There were a lot of things that I enjoyed about this novel, the richness of the characters, the pace, the plot, the way it's written (loved the accents) and especially the descriptions of how the "invisible line" between blacks and whites was dealt with by the characters.
This is certainly one of those "must read" books not only because of the very real historical background it describes but also because of the plot itself and how Aibeleen, Minny and Skeeter interact and grow stronger together.
I'm not going to reveal much about the story itself, lest I spoil it for the next readers, but the "Terrible Awful Thing" was certainly as fun to read about as it was to watch on the movie (by the way, the movie is a very good adaptation of the novel).
One of the best books I've read this year, so far.

Journal Entry 18 by conto at Lisboa - City, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Tuesday, August 14, 2012
I’ve seen the movie and liked it so much, I was already expecting to like the book at least as much but, not strangely, I think it’s even better and I really loved this illustrative tale of what it was like to be a black maid during the civil rights movement of the 1960s in racially conflicted Mississippi.

If I could occasionally read the modern woman in this tale pushing her message a bit too hard, I could also relate to the motherly love from Constantine to Skeeter, see that pain in the triangle between Aibileen, Mae Mobley and Elizabeth, feel the exasperation of Minny toward Celia, and understand the complexity of the good and bad, the love and hate, the fear and security, for the author captured all these emotions.

Stockett includes this quote by Howell Raines at the end of the novel: “There is no trickier subject for a writer from the South than that of affection between a black person and a white one in the unequal world of segregation. For the dishonesty upon which a society is founded makes every emotion suspect, makes it impossible to know whether what flowed between two people was honest feeling or pity or pragmatism.” And that’s an eloquent way to describe the author's intentions for this novel, because even if I think this story shows the complexity of the black/white relationship, not only the hate, abuse, mistrust, but the love, attachment and dependence, I also think that the most haunting statement was that when you are paying someone to care for you and their livelihood depends on making you happy, you can't expect an honest relationship.

In fact, the novel is about a white woman secretly compiling true accounts of black maids and the novel is in essence a white author trying to understand black maids. The point of Skeeter's novel is to make people see that people are just people no matter the color of their skin and Stockett's novel beautifully portrays that with both good and bad on both sides.

Thanks a lot for letting me in this bookring. I'm now waiting for marijketje's address.

marijketje didn't answer my PMs therefore this book's going to travel to jonniboi tomorrow.
Thanks again!

Journal Entry 20 by Jonniboi at Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Just received this, I'm a bit busy as got things to do in preparation for uni, and there's a couple more books infront, I hope to get around to this fairly soon :)

Journal Entry 21 by Jonniboi at Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, December 04, 2012
AMAZING, I finished this a couple of nights ago at 4am! Maybe a bit later, luckily I had no lectures the following day, so slept in till 5pm, my flatmates wondered where I was.

I was hooked immediately, but as soon as I was told about the terrible awful thing, I just couldn't stop reading, and who could blame me.

I fell in love the characters easily, and I can't deny this is one of my favourite books I've ever read.

However I wasn't happy with the ending, I just feel it isn't quite wrapped up, is there a potential sequel? Or a follow-on book? I just really don't like endings that leave the reader to finish.

Will send this off as soon as I've got an address, lizzy-stardust has asked to be skipped

Journal Entry 22 by Jonniboi at Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire United Kingdom on Monday, February 11, 2013

Released 6 yrs ago (2/11/2013 UTC) at Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire United Kingdom

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Sent this book off, it's now in the post!

Sorry it took so long to send, but it's finally on it's way to Originalmulli!

Received some time while I was away last week. Very excited!!

Journal Entry 24 by Originalmulli at Llandyfriog, Wales United Kingdom on Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Sorry it's been a while - I finished this some time ago but don't tend to journal until I'm sending it on!

I really enjoyed this, I always like books with multiple narrators. I was so sad for Mae Mobley all the time, and when you finally find out what happened to Constantine it's heartbreaking. I'm surprised at a previous reader saying it didn't seem finished off because to me it was almost too well rounded off - an unrealistically neat ending perhaps.

Couldn't contact hazy_d and Kimmi doesn't want it back, so this is going on my available list until I can sort a new Ray!

Journal Entry 25 by Originalmulli at Llandyfriog, Wales United Kingdom on Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Released 6 yrs ago (5/7/2013 UTC) at Llandyfriog, Wales United Kingdom

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Sending this to QueenSissi (along with another book) as she expressed an interested in reading it and I haven't organised a Ray or anything yet. You may pass it on however you choose when you're finished with it!

Journal Entry 26 by QueenSissi at Gouveia, Guarda Portugal on Friday, May 17, 2013
Thank you for sending it! I'll keep this one for my summer readings and will then turn it into a bookray! :) I haven't seen the movie yet but will wait until after reading it - I try to do that as much as possible!

Journal Entry 27 by QueenSissi at Gouveia, Guarda Portugal on Wednesday, June 12, 2013
I wasn't able to keep it for my summer readings and pretty much devoured it... It is a very interesting read that makes you go from tears of joy to tears of sorrow and both disapointment and hope for the human race.

Now, I can watch the movie. I'll be realeasing it as a bookray. Thanks!

Journal Entry 28 by QueenSissi at Gouveia, Guarda Portugal on Thursday, June 13, 2013
New bookray! Order of participants:
Ichigochi
Lpereira
Ladylouve
Bulan-Purn​ama - US
Tchaikovsky - US

Journal Entry 29 by QueenSissi at Gouveia, Guarda Portugal on Thursday, June 27, 2013

Released 6 yrs ago (6/28/2013 UTC) at Gouveia, Guarda Portugal

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De viagem amanhã!

Journal Entry 30 by ichigochi at Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto Portugal on Thursday, July 04, 2013
It arrived today (in a beautiful package :)).
Thank you QueenSissi!

Journal Entry 31 by ichigochi at Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto Portugal on Thursday, July 25, 2013
I didn't watch the movie and had only a vague idea of what the story was about.
Thus, I was totally surprised by the book: the characters, their different voices, the unfolding of the story, the development of the relationships...
I really loved the book and the fluid way in which it is written, which allowed me to go swiftly through the more than 500 pages.

Thanks for sharing.
The book is now on its way to Lpereira, in Madeira, in one more small journey over the seas... :)

Journal Entry 32 by Lpereira at Alcochete, Setúbal Portugal on Monday, July 29, 2013
The book arrived today.
Thank you Ichigochi!

Journal Entry 33 by Lpereira at Alcochete, Setúbal Portugal on Sunday, August 25, 2013
Loved the book! I really enjoyed reading it.
Can't wait to see the movie.

Thank you for sharing it Kimmi!
I'll send it to Ladylouve asap.

Journal Entry 34 by ladylouve at Lisboa - Benfica, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Thursday, September 12, 2013
It just arrived, thank you!

Journal Entry 35 by ladylouve at Lisboa - Benfica, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Thursday, October 03, 2013

Released 6 yrs ago (10/3/2013 UTC) at Lisboa - Benfica, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal

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Sorry for taking so long to read it! It was a wonderful book, I loved the characters and they way they were written (but Skeeter was my favourite, I admit :p) The ending was very sweet and I almost cried with Mae Mobleys last words, they were really important. I loved every bit of it and I hope the next person in the list loves it too... Because it's going there! =D

(For a more in-depth commentary (in Portuguese) please see my blog: http://naomeapeteceestudar.blogspot.pt/2013/10/the-help.html )

Journal Entry 36 by Bulan-Purnama at Springfield, Oregon USA on Saturday, November 02, 2013
Book is here in Oregon, have started to read and thank you Ladylouve for mailing the book to me.

Journal Entry 37 by Bulan-Purnama at Springfield, Oregon USA on Monday, January 13, 2014
Sorry it took awhile to journal. It is a lovely book, with delightful characters, it is just magic. Beautifully written throughout. I enjoyed it very much. Sending to the next reader.

Mailed the book today 1/14/2014 Enjoy !

Journal Entry 38 by tchaikovsky at North Charleston, South Carolina USA on Tuesday, January 21, 2014
I received this book today in the mail - I am the last person in QueenSissi's bookray, at least for right now. It's very exciting to see that this copy of the book is so well-traveled, and I'll make sure to care for it while it's in my hands. I have heard so many wonderful things about this book, and reading all of your journal entries only makes me want to read it more. Will read and release ASAP :) You never know, I may just set up another bookray/ring for this book once I'm finished reading!

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