To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Well, this book was a difficult one to get around. At first I thought it was too, let’s say, simple, as it is just about a girl’s coming of age. This type of genre is quiet common, and I’ve even read it recently in the book Moon over Manifest (get ready for a review!) I do admit that I acknowledged the skill with which the author detailed the town and the events during the Great Depression. However, after hearing numerous praises of how Lee described the Southerners prejudice against the blacks, I was dismayed to find that the actual part of the conflict is only two to three chapters long. But, thinking back, perhaps this compactness and bluntness further heightened the appreciation of her statement.

Scout Finch, her brother Jem, and her father Atticus are living peacefully in the sleepy town of Maycomb, Alabama. Scout spends her summers playing with Jem and her friend Dill, conjuring stories and acting out scenes about the neighborhood mystery man, ‘Boo’ Radley. Nobody has seen Boo for years, and people say that he comes out at night to haunt children. Everything seems normal, when suddenly a case comes up for their lawyer father, and the whole of their world turns upside down.

In conclusion, I know appreciate this book. I understand Lee’s delicacy upon the subject, and I esteem it. I give this book 8.5 stars and recommend it for ages 14+.

K

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