Be prepared to meet three unforgettable women: 

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women-mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends-view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don’t.

My Comments: I must be one of the last women in America who read this book, but I was determined to read it before I saw the movie, so yesterday about an hour after I finished, my daughter and I went to see the movie.  This is a great story!    I won’t dissect it as some do, but I enjoyed it – I laughed and I cried and I was 100% engaged throughout even though the movie cut out twice (I think it was the heat!).
I felt the movie came pretty darn close to the book – all couldn’t be captured and of course books are almost ALWAYS better, and I’m not sure the Constantine story line in the movie had quite the same impact as the book, but the movie captured the two slices of pie scene wonderfully.
Speaking of books that have become movies, there sure have been a lot of them.  Wondering which ones you liked the best and the least?  Please leave quick comment.
I’d have to say, the one I like least is the Rizzoli and Isles television show based on the GREAT books by Tess Gerritsen.  I have to look at that show as completely different than the books because no way could I imagine Maura Isles in the books to be like the one on the TNT series.  Jane is a little closer with Angie Harmon, but still not quite capturing the character.  The stories are also much milder on television.
What do you think?  Let me know!

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