A Reader posted a review at 2010-07-22 08:03:18.
Not much to add that hasn't been said by the other thousand people who've commented. I got this book when it was first published...came across it in Amazon, before it became the huge success it is now. The characters are interesting, and I was able to get lost in it, which is really the bottom line for me. Thing is, I had no problem putting it down and not going back to it for days and even weeks at a time. It took me over a year to finish this book, which is unheard of for me. I didn't think about it when I wasn't reading it. I watched it climb the charts as a best-seller, and still didn't rush back to read more of it. I think my biggest issue with the book is that Skeeter is portrayed almost as a hero, for being so 'brave' as to dare to write about a topic that was so very very taboo. To me, the heroes in this book are the women that were forced to push their own families and lives to the side and endure the unspeakable emotional cruelty heaped upon them daily by the Southern white women (and men) they worked for. People, who regardless of the times and society, knew better than to treat anyone with so much evil. Hey, at least it made me feel something, and that alone is worth the 3.5 stars.