To Kill a Mockingbird, Book Review – May 2017

I am supposed to read this book when I reach grade 12 in English. I decided to read it sooner because I wanted to experience reading it as just another book before school ‘ruined’ it as it often does with books.

This book was incredible.

I haven’t read many stories, if any, set in the time frame of this one and so have not read about such blatant racism, sexism and just all the old views/discriminations on life before. It was shocking and interesting.

The best part about this book was that it kept me engaged throughout the story and it wasn’t through action; it was through purely becoming so deeply invested in the characters’ lives and their stories that I couldn’t bare to not know more about them. Rarely does a book do that for me.

The entire story being in Scout’s P.O.V was one of the best parts of the book. Reading stories through the eyes of a child or young, ‘inexperienced’ character is often more eye-opening than being told from any other angle. You are still provided with the story yet not blatantly and you are merely watching it all happen and knowing what is going on and the deeper meanings behind them and yet not being able to do anything because you are seeing it in the eyes of Scout who doesn’t clearly see all of these things. It reminded me of Room and Past the Shallows.

Every single character was so in-depth and dynamic and all of their connections to each other and the community of Maycomb was so fascinating. Not only does it make you become invested in just the main character, or even every character but the entire life each character possess’ and their entire world. It’s been a while since a book kind of disconnected me from reality (in a good way) and I am so glad I got to experience it again.

Scout, Jem and Dills’ friendship; Jem, Scout and Atticus’; Jem and Scouts; Every family in Maycomb with each other; Atticus and Tom Robinsons’. Every single aspect of the stories characters and their relationships was astoundingly well-written and it provided for a phenomenal book to read.

If I were to continue writing I’m sure this review would go on forever and so I’m curious to see how my view of this book will change when I’ve re-read it and learnt about it in school with discussion with peers in year 12.

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