To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

Posted May 6th, 2011 by Fabiola

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Summary: To Kill A Mockingbird is a novel set in Alabama in the 1930′s, where racism is both accepted and expected. It revolves around a young girl name Scout, who starts first grade in the beginning of the book. It follows her growing up, and a trial her father is involved in.
Review: At first I didn’t enjoy the book, but as I read on I liked it better and better. I liked how it was told from a 7 year olds point of view, it gave an innocent and humorous look on some terrible events. She didn’t quite understand everything, which was confusing at times. I thought the book had a lot of good messages and symbols, such as the mockingbird. We read it in English class and well, we always had something to talk about. The characters are funny and diverse, but not always relatable. I’m not much of a tomboy, so I didn’t relate to Scout, but I’m sure many people would. Also, the relationship between Atticus and his children irked me. They seemed to get along and he acted as a wise role model, but their use of his first name seemed strange. Not once did they call him anything but Atticus, or Sir. This seemed very formal and took away from their otherwise admirable relationship.
Overall, I recommend this book to older readers. If you are old enough to understand the messages and themes, it is more enjoyable. There is talk about violence, and more serious themes so children or young adolescents shouldn’t read it. I would say 12-13 and up.

Fabiola

I'm a 15 year old girl in high school who loves to read and write. I like school, and besides reading and writing I spend my time horseback riding. I have a horse named Fabiola, hence the username. Some of my favourite authors are Nicholas Sparks and Jane Austen. My favorite books include Pride and Prejudice, The Time Traveler's Wife, The Notebook, The Harry Potter Series, and The Twilight Series.

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3 Responses to “To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee”

  1. EmilyB123

    Love The Time Traveler’s wife and the Twilight series, you have good taste in books!

  2. JamesW

    There are multiple style and grammar errors in the review. Some examples include:

    *The book’s title should be italicized.
    *”1930′s” should not include an apostrophe as the year is not possessing anything.
    *”7 year olds” should be “seven-year-old’s.”

    I hope this constructive criticism will lead to fewer errors in the next review.

    Cheers,
    James

  3. Bran

    Hm… You really don’t understand Atticus’ character. He is formal and respectful with all, and I believe his children calling him something to the likes of “dad” or “father” would take away from that cold-comfort Atticus provides.

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