October Reads

Monday, October 30, 2017

Book 39:
"The Help" by Kathryn Stockett
Plot: Set in Jackson, Mississippi in 1962, "The Help" is the story of rich white women and the black maids who raise their children. The lifestyle is accepted, never questioned. That is until Skeeter, a recent college graduate and aspiring writer, well, questions it. She wants to hear the perspective of the help and write a book about it. She meets with maids in secret, interviewing them and writing their stories. Though these black women have been with their white families for years, there's a lot they haven't said, until now.

Thoughts: I saw the movie that's based on this book when it came out six years ago, but I hadn't read the book until now. Once I finished, I immediately watched the movie trailer. And cried. The concept alone is so powerful. Stockett's writing only amplified that, brought it to life. A great, great book. Now I need to watch the movie again.
All I'm saying is, kindness don't have no boundaries."
Rating: 5/5

Book 40:
"Burned" by Ellen Hopkins
Plot: Pattyn hasn't grown up in a happy home. Though religious, her family is also abusive, and Pattyn is consumed with a lot of questions, about God, sin, what a woman's role is, whether she deserves love. After getting into trouble, Pattyn is sent to live with her aunt, whom she's never met. It's supposed to be a punishment. Pattyn is supposed to find redemption. Instead, she discovers that not everyone is like her father. Not everyone lives in fear or feels unlovable. Pattyn is introduced to a world of freedom, a world she'd like to live in, if her past demons can let her go.

Thoughts: First of all, I've had this book sitting on my bookshelf for maybe six years. When I finally opened it, I found out it's a signed copy. Made out to my friend. I thought this book was my own. Apparently I've had my friend's signed copy on my shelf this whole time. I texted her this and she was just as confused as I was. Anyway, Ellen Hopkins' writing is really something else. Her ability to write about something so sensitive in such a simple but moving way is what makes her stories so unique. It may be her books in which I find myself rooting for the main character the most.
How can you go through sixteen years with your family and not miss them when you leave? What's wrong with my family? What's wrong with me?
Rating: 3/5

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