You are wandering if the book is as good as the movie. You must know that the book is always better. It is definitely so in this case. I think a large part of it is the time you invest in reading a 550 page novel as opposed to watching a two hour movie. The character development really got me. I was thoroughly impressed by Kathryn's detail and delivery. I completely fell in love with the women in the book. You get to see the kindness, grace, empathy, love, and devotion these women shared. You see the pain and the fear they faced every single day. I enjoyed it immensely more than the movie.
I am sure you all know that the movie is about maids during the times of the Civil Rights movement and how they were treated. The thing that I did not know upon picking up the book is that the author is a Christian and you see the characters dealing with their faith, their lack of faith, and their anger at God in the book. There is a lot of beauty hidden in these pages. Five stars.
Kathryn Stockett wrote this due to a love of her maid who passed away when she was sixteen.