The Help was fantastic. The writing was impressive, the characters touch your heart, and it makes you think. I love books where the characters find the courage to make a difference. I highly recommend this book - you will be impressed with Stockett's writing.
The Help is now also a movie, and I recommend that too. It was very well done and pretty much stuck to the book. The few things that were changed were a good idea since it was for a movie version. I advise reading the book before seeing the movie because there are details in the movie that you won't appreciate unless you've read the book.