Absolutely LOVED this book! Everything from characters to writing style to plot made it very hard to put the book down.
My mother read the book before I did and she had the same feelings as I did. She said that it was interesting to read because all this was going on when she was alive. The story showed the history and relationships between black and whites of the time and also showed how the relationships can be filled with hate and mistrust but also compassion and dependence. Based on this and opinions from my mother, we both agree that this book was a great rendition of feelings at the time.
Now to get into a touchy area... I have heard that many people thought the book was racist, mostly because of the author's writing style with two African American characters, Minny and Aibeleen. Many people said this was "inappropriate" and racist... I would have to disagree. I thought that changing the writing style between Minny, Aibeleen and Miss Skeeter gave the book an authentic feel and helped the book have that "this really happened" feeling that my mother and I loved so much. It helped it feel like the characters were sitting right there with you, reading you the book.
I loved reading this book and watching the characters grow and develop and become closer, especially with Miss Skeeter. The drama in it was amazing and I think is true to how woman get revenge (we don't just punch someone out, we plot and scheme and ruin lives lol). You love some characters and hate some others. I can honestly say it was the first book that made me feel something in a long time. I can't wait to watch the movie now :)