Thursday, June 3, 2010

To Kill A Mockingbird Review

To Kill A Mickingbird is pretty much required reading for everyone I know. However, neither of my parents had read it. So in case you wern't forced to read this one in school, then this one goes out to you.

During the Great Depression, siblings Jem and Scout have to make their way through all the frightening changes that come with growing up, standing up for truth, and getting to know the people of small town Maycomb. Scout lives for summer, when she can hang around the neigborhood with Dill (whom she will marry) and her bigger brother who's more like a friend. But a summer day comes when things seem to turn upside down, the right thing is smothered, and they have to cope with the reality of the times. And this brings on some things they would have never expected.

I didn't expect much out of this novel. From past experiences, I never enjoyed much of the things teachers forced upon me. This was an exception.
Quite an outburst in her day, Harper Lee addresses some topics that I really appreciated. Her themes set the way for other modern day writers, and left the rest of us pondering about life's values themselves.
Great writing with and interesting story line. And the whole "small town" thing didn't get old like I thought it would.

This is definitely a book you need to read before you die.
The awesome cover.