“Skeeter Phelan, returning home to Mississippi from college still a bit young and naive, answers a want ad for an editor for a large publishing house in New York City. Surprised that someone so young, much less female, would respond to the ad, the editor in charge speaks to Skeeter personally to give her some advice. After talking to the editor, Skeeter decides to do something risky and starts interviewing the colored maids that work for her friends to find out what it's like to work for white people from a colored person's perspective. Skeeter befriends her best friends maid, Aibileen, and together they work on writing one of the most important, controversial books of that time for their area.
I must admit I've been a little put off by all the hype. That's why I waited so long to read this book. Fortunately, this one lived up to my expectations. I loved, loved, loved the characters. All of them from Aibileen, to Minnie, to Skeeter, to little Mae Mobley were so well drawn. I feel the author did a great job giving us a little peek into what it was like for these women to work for these white families during the Civil Rights movement. I was certainly wary when I heard that a white female was telling the story, but I think she did a fantastic job. This book certainly deserves all the praise that it has received. ”