I have a confession: I already finished the book! I just couldn’t stop. Once I got to chapter 17 of The Help, I had to keep reading! Needless to say, today’s Book Club Q&A will focus on the first half of the novel. We will cover the other half during our Live Book Chat on October 6th at 4pm PST.
Below, I have listed a few reading questions for you to answer regarding The Help. Again, these questions cover the first 17 chapters of the book. If you have read beyond these pages (like me), please be courteous to our fellow Book Club members and label any comments that might spoil the book for others with “SPOILER ALERT” at the beginning.
- Which narrator do you resonate with the best?
- Life has changed dramatically since the times in which this book is set. What part of 1960s life in Mississippi do you find most shocking?
- Do you think personality is shaped by the times in which a person lives?
Here are my answers…
- I personally related most to Skeeter. Both her personality and appearance make her so endearing to me. I also liked watching her grow as a person throughout this book.
- The part of the book that affected me the most was when Skeeter was in the library and finds the book of Jim Crow laws. I actually began crying while reading this chapter (which was a little embarrassing considering I was on vacation by a pool…). The idea that not too long ago this was considered acceptable treatment towards others is so unimaginable to me.
- I think that views and opinions are influenced by your surroundings, but I don’t think they define the person you are. Skeeter is a perfect example of this. She refused to accept what was perfectly acceptable to everyone else around her because she believed it was wrong.
Now it’s your turn to answer the 3 questions above in the comments below!
Our Live Book Chat will be on October 6th at 4pm PST, so mark your calendar. I’ll fill you in on all the details soon!
Just be sure to finish reading the book in time for our chat!