Tuesday, December 4, 2012

To Kill a Mockingbird

Author: Harper Lee
Age range: 13 & up
Content: Mild relationship content, no sexual content, moderate cursing, high violence
Genre: Classic Fiction
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers 
Where to get it: Barnes & Noble or Amazon or Target

Summary: In the sleepy town of Maycomb, Alabama, in the 1930s, six-year-old Scout Finch and her older brother Jem become aware of secret gifts being left by an anonymous giver in the hollowed tree by the supposedly haunted Radley house. While Scout and Jem chew over the face of their generous gifter and relationship to the exclusive Radley family, their lawyer father, Atticus is placed as defense attorney for Tom Robinson, a young black man being accused of "taking advantage" of a white woman. Slowly, the worlds of innocence and wisdom come to a violent collision, shaking their beliefs and the inevitability of true justice.

Opinions: I don't know why so many teenagers hate this book. Clearly, they didn't read it right because I love it. I especially love that it's all told from Scout's perspective. The writing is very simple and easy for me to read and the characters are very distinct, like I didn't feel like it was the same voice just talking through their mouths. They're all true characters.

Another thing I appreciate about the book is all the topics it tackled. Segregation, depression (economically, though), and religion. I've never really been taught too much about segregation. I've always known what it was, just never really delved into it. So it was interesting to read about something almost unknown. I already knew what depression was; I took a painfully boring economics class a couple years ago. I don't find economics particularly fun, so I can't explain anything. Sorry. As for religion and Christianity, it was only brought up a couple times and it wasn't a big portion of the story. But it's still a topic and it was nice to read about. (If you were wondering, I do believe in God. Yay.)

Anyway. I think my favorite snippet of the book is when Jem starts to go through puberty and Scout's like, "I don't know what's wrong with him. He's just so moody all the time. Does he have tapeworms or something?" Another favorite was when Jem tries to show Scout his first few chest hairs and she says, "That's real nice, Jem." I laughed for a while at that. I think it's her innocence and relationship with her big brother that makes love this book so much. I think what makes a great story is an interesting perspective.

I completely recommend this book to everyone because I love it. . . a lot. Oh yeah, happy December everybody! It's now officially appropriate to get excited for Christmas. Though it's back to being 80 degrees in stupid Texas. My goodness, I just want it to be cold already. Okay, I'm going to go now. Bye bye.

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