I enjoyed this book, but felt some parts of it were very cliché . The 140 pages really seemed to drag for me, but the book picked up a better pace after that. I loved the main characters, but most of the secondary one seemed so two dimensional. The author refers to the Awful Terrible thing Minny did and Skeeter's missing maid so many times, that I stopped caring what they were. I know it was to keep us guessing "what could be so bad?", but it was worn out. By the time we find out the answers I couldn't have cared less and was just glad I wouldn't have to read about them anymore. This would have been a 4 star book, if it wasn't for a choice Skeeter made. She expected the maids to give her true stories about the families they worked for. The bad, the good, and the ugly. No matter how dangerous it was to their own families. However once she finds out an ugly secret in her family, she decides it's too bad to put in the book. That made me lose a lot of respect for her character. While I'm glad I read ths book, I will never reread it.