Most people know the plot of The Help so I wont spend much time on it. A white
woman in her early 20s decides she wants to do a book of interviews telling the life stories of black maids working in the house of white families. It is told from the point of view of three maids and the white woman. Stockett made each of the characters come to life for me. All of the main characters are multi-dimensional.
The Help captured and held my attention from start to finish.
Stockett took a big risk in attempting to make the speech patterns of the maids authentic. By and large it rings true but not 100 percent. I thought the weakest part of the book was with the romance between the white would be writer Skitter and the son of a well known local politician. The depiction of the family of her boyfriend seemed the only part of the book that really was not well done. They did not seem as real as the other characters.
As I came to the close of this book I wondered if it will one day be listed among the classics novels of Southern USA like To Kill a Mocking Bird or The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. There are references to To Kill a Mocking Bird in The Help.
The characters in The Help do not seem to me to have the depth of those in that work.