Review: To Kill A Mockingbird (To Kill A Mockingbird #1) – Harper Lee

To Kill A Mockingbird (To Kill A Mockingbird #1) – Harper Lee

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Title: To Kill A Mockingbird (To Kill A Mockingbird #1)

Author: Harper Lee

Release Date: May 23, 1960

Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 324

Source: Book Store

The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.

Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior – to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos.

4 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Scout, Jem, and Atticus live in Maycomb County. Atticus, the father of the two, is a lawyer who deals with the toughest cases anyone can throw at him. Atticus is set to the case of Tom Robinson; a black man who is accused of raping a white girl. Scout and Jem deal with kids making fun of their family at school, but Atticus tells them to just shake it off. The neighbor boy, Dill, comes to stay with his aunt every summer and quickly becomes friends with the Finch children. The three have a strange inclination to wondering about another neighbor, Boo Radley. There are rumors about the Radleys, but no one really knows the truth. Scout, Jem, and Dill do their normal childish things and get into some pretty sticky situations, but always figure out how to handle them. Atticus tells his children in order to know what someone is dealing with you need to stand in their shoes and look at things from their perspective. I really enjoyed reading this book and it was really good that I got to read this with my English class. I can’t wait to read the long-awaited sequel, Go Set A Watchman, in July. I enjoyed the characters and the character development and the way the story played out. It was a very fun read.

Characters:

Scout was my favorite character because she learned something throughout the story. So many books talk about how the person is so naive, but nothing comes from it. Scout is young and innocent, so her perspective is also young. Her opinion is clouded, but I still love her. Atticus is a wonderful character who is perfectly humble and very eloquent. I really enjoyed reading the chapters with him in them.

Who Would I Be?:

I would love to be Atticus because he’s so wise and kind. He holds himself together in situations I wouldn’t be able to deal with. I think that is a really great quality to have.

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