To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I first read To Kill a Mockingbird around 7/8 years ago whilst I was at school. I seem to remember enjoying the story but it definitely didn’t effect me as much as it has this time. I can honestly say this is one of the best books I have ever read and it will be going into my favourites for this year and my favourites for the rest of time! Phenomenal!

– So this book is set in South America in the 1930’s during a time where racism and the oppression of black people was still highly prevalent throughout society. We follow a family known as the Finchs and the story is narrated through the perspective of the youngest in the family; Jean (Scout) Finch. The novel flows over the course of a few summers in the town in which the family live and we watch as Jean and her brother, Jem ensue on little adventures around the neighbourhood and how they interact with the varying personalities of their neighbours. Boo Radely, an elusive character who never seems to leave his house grabs the attention of the children and their interest in him never falters throughout the entire novel. Another major aspect of the novel is the lingering court case in which the Finch’s father, Atticus is involved. Atticus is a lawyer and he is supporting the case of a black man who has been accused of raping a young white girl. As the story unravels we see how the justice system can be completely unjust but the hearts of honest people will go on to do great things. This is a book of change and a story of one girls understanding of a cruel time in our history.

– There is such beauty in the relationships within this novel – they are so raw and real, I know this is a book that I will continually re-read throughout my life as I know I will take different things from the story each time I read it. Simply beautiful.

– Scout is a fantastic character and by far my favourite from the novel; I found her to be extremely relatable and by the end I felt so sad that there was no more to read. Thankfully Harper Lee is publishing Go Set a Watchman soon – so I am hoping to get more of Scout’s character once it has been released!

– 5 out of 5 stars and I implore anyone who hasn’t read it yet to go and pick it up as soon as possible! It honestly is such a fantastic novel and I can’t wait to see what happens next in Go Set a Watchman.

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