The Help by Kathryn Stockett

I listened to most of this book in the car on my way to and from work, as well as just around the house,or when running. I really enjoyed it. I like that it had different people reading the different characters. It was easier to distinguish, and it was fun. The book is written from three different perspectives. Minnie, Abeline, and Skeeter (Eugenia), and they tell the story beautifully. Minnie and Abeline are Black maids in Jackson, Mississippi. And with the civil right movement they are gonna be in a heap of trouble if anyone discovers they are telling stories about their employers. Their selfish, rude and lazy employers. I really like Skeeter and was rooting for Minnie, Abline is just so sweet and the little girl she takes care of just made me want to cry. How could a stay at home mom, be so busy with clubs and other nonsense that she needs a nanny and a maid to take care of her house? They don't seem very rich either, can't they just do their housework themselves. Ugh they made me so angry. Skeeter is awesome, she has an open mind and doesn't care to get married and drop out of college. This book made me sad, angry and laugh out loud. It's a great story about friendship, trust, life and different people coming together to create change.

 

I watched the movie right after I finished the book, and boy did I hate it. There just isn't anything good about it, I understand that they had to fit a whole book into a 2+ hour movie, but they really botched it up. I watched it with my boyfriend, and he never read the book, I had to explain most of what was happening. I don't think it's easy to follow if you didn't read the book first, they left a lot out and changed a lot of what they didn't leave out. I was waiting to watch this movie since it came out, and I got to say I wish I never had. The book is a 100% better. I do not recommend watching the movie. But please read the book.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Mr. Hyde is described as deformed and disliked. He tramples over a girl on the street. Mr. Utterson is a lawyer, and has a will from his friend Dr. Jekyll saying that all his possession and stuff must go to Mr. Hyde. But Mr. Hyde is evil. What will Mr. Utterson do, he is trying to figure out why his friend would choose this monster. I will not tell you more, except that it follows Mr. Utterson as he is trying to solve the mystery between these two men.
It touches on the struggle of one man between himself and well himself. Although it is told from Mr. Utterson's point of view. This book is very short, about a 120 pages, and for a classic it is very easy to read. After just finishing Dracula, I got to say I liked this book a lot more, I really didn't care for the plot, because you can pretty much guess what happens. But the way it was written, it's clear and to the point, no messing around and wasting paper.

The Pact by Jodi Picoult

I read this book a few years ago, but I felt like I should do a review now. I liked this book a lot, the story is really absorbing, you get lost in the book trying to figure out what really happened to Emily, if it was suicide, murder, or an accident. The story switches between Chris at court in the present time, trying to explain what happened, and Emily before she died. One piece at a time you get to put the puzzle together and find out the truth. This is the first Jodi Picoult book I read, so I didn't know what to expect from her, and I guess the book could have been a little better. More character development would be great, especially about Emily and the parents. It seemed like the book was more centered around Chris telling his side of the story and we just get pieces of Emily. Which seem to make her look self-centered, almost selfish. we never really get to know her enough to find out what she was like. I think their relationship was supposed to be very mature, but it looks like Chris is more mature than Emily, in some ways.  Overall the book is good, it still manages to get you involved and interested despite it lacking in some areas. I would still recommend it.

Coffee at Little Angels by Nadine Rose Larter - REVIEW

Simplistic narrative and genuine facts of all the random thoughts that run through our minds when faced with someones death.

A touching and beautiful story of childhood friends gathering to mourn the death of a friend from the past. 

We get to meet eight characters, and each one takes us on a journey of how they perceived their friendship and past memories. You can't help but sympathize and relate to each one on a different level. At first, when Philip was describing how living in a small town meant that as a kid you practically didn't have any rules, you knew everyone and parents didn't mind having their kids outside all day, as there was nothing to be afraid of, I couldn't help but smile and think "wow it's just like my childhood, I partially grew up just like he did".  Then when Sarah stepped into the picture I could relate to her also, and Maxine, and each one of the characters. I found my self nodding and talking to myself, saying how much I identify myself with them. And when Sarah finally broke I could not help the tears in my eyes. It really makes you reflect on your own friends and loved ones, and how their lives would go on in case of your own death, as well as theirs.

As the book progresses I found myself not expecting what the big climax of the story was, but of the characters themselves. I couldn't get enough of every one of them, I feel as there should be a book about all of them separately. Somehow they just seem extremely real, and normal. 

I would recommend this book to everyone, it is touching and really makes you think about the small things in life.  

"The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society" by Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows - REVIEW

A historical novel about life after war. It's about friendship, human nature, life, love, family and a unique society.

The story is set in London 1946, when Juliet, an author, receives a letter from Dawsey Adams a member of the "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society", he somehow is in possession of a book she used to own and wants to know more about the author of the book. They start corresponding and soon enough Juliet is captivated by his experience with the war. Before long she is writing letters to all the members of the Society and learning of their experiences, and how the society was established as a cover up during the occupation. And even after the war they keep their meeting. Juliet is writing a book about the German occupation and wants to gather more research, feeling that these strangers have a lot to offer she visits them. While there she is beside herself, their lives were shattered during the war and now they are recovering better then she thought. She befriends each one, and even falls in love.

We find out how many nasty and good things the German officers did on the island, anyone who is a pet lover should beware of reading a letter from "The Animal Lover". But by the end Juliet's love trouble will have you falling off you chair laughing.

The characters are well developed, they have a lot to offer to the reader. Learning what each character went through and their life stories was enchanting. With all the humor this book offers one can forget that it's about war. The characters, although affected by the war have a witty and humorous personality, I had to put the book down because I was laughing so much. And constantly had a smile on my face. 

I loved it! It's well written and laugh-out-loud funny. 

I would recommend it to readers who like an amusing as well as informative and captivating read. The book is a series of letter between the society members, Juliet and her friends. 

Amazing! is all I can say.