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The Help

The Help


by Kathryn Stockett

The Help Steaminess Rating

Exactly how steamy is this story?


The Help doesn't feature anything graphic in the sex department. Skeeter and Stuart, the engaged-for-a-hot-second lovebirds, don't even seem to get past kissing and a thigh-grab or two. But there are a few references to rape and sexual abuse, not to mention a frank, but brief, memory from Aibileen of a child she cared for getting beaten because he is gay. Plus, the presence of Marilyn Monroe look-alike Celia Foote certainly steams up the pages a bit. This novel doesn't focus on sexual themes, but it does subtly reveal repressive and confused attitudes about sexuality. Overall, we're giving this one a PG-13 rating, just like the movie.

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