Sorry the review is rather late. I mostly just want to get a review out a week, and Tuesdays a good day most of the time. We gave our copy of this book back to the library after I read it, so I’ve been waiting to get it back.
“I’d rather you shot at tin cans in the back yard, but I know you’ll go after birds. Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” (103)
Spencer got his hands on an audio version of this book recently and told me I needed to read it. Like all the books he has insisted I read, it was amazing! 😉
I’ll be honest though: it was a hard read. There are some hard topics, and some mature content. I definitely would not recommend it as a kids’ book. I would probably recommend it for teens or older.
Still, it was very good! Harper Lee’s writing style is gorgeous, and the story has beautiful morals. The flow of the plot-line is unbelievable, and the ending was seriously some of the most well-written chapters I have ever read.
The main character is an eight-year-old girl, living in the 1930’s, whose father is a lawyer. Scout Finch and her brother Jem’s biggest concern is a mysterious (and rather creepy) neighbor, until their father is asked to defend a black man in court–against the word of a white man. It opens their eyes to who their father really is, and what the world around them is like.
The street lights were fuzzy from the fine rain that was falling. As I made my way home, I felt very old, but when I looked at the tip of my nose I could see fine misty beads, but looking crossed-eyed made me dizzy so I quit. As I made my way home, I thought what a thing to tell Jem tomorrow. He’d be so mad he missed it, he wouldn’t speak to me for days. As I made my way home, I thought Jem and I would get grown but there wasn’t much else left for us to learn, except possibly algebra. (322)