Aibileen and Minny are black maids, and Skeeter is a white lady in 1960 Mississippi. Skeeter decides to do something completely off-the-wall and write a book about what it is like to be a black maid. With the help of Aibileen, she gathers the life stories of the local maids.
Each of the ladies have a full, rich character. It is easy to tell whose chapter it is; not just from the grammar and way of speaking, but each individual personality leaps off the page. I thought the character development was one of the best things about this book. Each woman has a strong voice, and a story to tell.
Having grown up only learning about the civil rights movement in history books, I found this to be an incredibly heartwrenching look at this historic time period. Every little detail was vivid and thought provoking. This book really opened my eyes to how easy and accepting life my world seems.
This is definitely a book I would recommend to everyone. There is plenty of humour to offset the emotional side, and overall, the book was very balanced.