Every New Years I always make two resolutions. One is to eat more vegetables and the other is to read more books. Unfortunately every year I never follow up as much as I should. I eat more vegetables for about 2 months before I go back to my terrible eating habits and I start reading books less and less. I seem to always get distracted by Facebook or claim I am too busy with homework to read a book etc. I particularly loved this week’s blog topic because it gave the opportunity to be able to read a book again. I decided to start reading the book The Help. Not only did its actors receive academy awards, it is also a #1 New York Times Best Seller. Furthermore, I’ve heard from my friends that it’s great!
I haven’t made it too far into the book but The Help is immediately captivating from the first page. With each page you become more and more engaged with the characters and often find ways to identify with them. For those of you that haven’t read the book, the first character we are introduced to is Aibileen who is a black maid in Mississippi working for Miss. Leefolt. Miss. Leefolt is careless mother that is more concerned about her appearances than her baby daughter. We are briefly introduced to a young lady by the name of Miss. Skeeter that seems to be one of the few people white people that will stand for what is right in this article. Miss. Skeeter is one of the fe people that actually interacts and ask personal questions about the help.
I find Miss. Skeeter to be the most intriguing character in this book. It is difficult thing to go against the general consensus and to do what’s right. I think she is an inspiring character. While The Help hardly relates to our BGS class, I got a little laugh at the idea of placing Miss. Skeeter in the business world. What if she had been the CFO of Enron?
I look forward to reading the rest of this book and thus far I highly recommend it!