This is an excellent story, with excellent characters. The narration was wonderful. I usually only listen to audio books in my car, but I really looked forward to listening to this.
I cannot pick a favorite character. I loved them all. Of course, Miss Skeeter's coming of age type tale was wonderful, but all of the maids were wonderful too. The author takes you on a journey of empowerment with each woman. You love each one of them as you come to understand their history, struggles, and the incredible amount of courage they each have and the sacrifices they each make. The movie leaves out so much of the character development which is so rich in this book. I especially loved the relationship between Minny and Miss Celia.
All of the narrators were exceptional. Their authenticity was captivating and added to my ability to connect emotionally to each of the characters.
I would love to go to dinner with Aibileen. She has such strength and kindness. I would hope her patience and wisdom would rub off on me. However, a night out with all the women would be wonderful, as the honesty of each character would make for truly entertaining dinner conversation.
Even if you saw the movie, read the book. I found them to be very different experiences. In the film I found Skeeter to be depicted as more of a rebel; whereas, the book describes a sweet, demure girl who wants to fit in, but sacrifices everything that means most to her for an opportunity to be an honest journalist with an important truth to tell. The movie is cute and fun, but I was sad to see the depths of the stories including Stuart, Miss Celia and Johnny cut short. As I followed the narrators through the book I found myself laughing, rooting for each of the characters, and even crying at times.
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