Book Review: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee


Genre: Historical Fiction
Ages: 13 and Up

     This novel was great from start to finish. Beginning in a quiet Southern town, Lee excellently develops her characters and plot throughout the course of the story. Messages of empathy, love, and compassion can be seen in every chapter of this book. But most importantly, it is a story for readers of any origin or background, one that teaches the basic lessons of life that anyone can most certainly benefit from. If you're looking for a good read, To Kill a Mockingbird is the perfect choice for you.

    Jean Louise (better known as Scout) Finch has lived her whole life with her father Atticus and brother Jem in the small but quaint town of Maycomb. During her time there as a child, she has fun adventures with Jem and their friend Dill, always wondering about the mysterious Radley Place down the street.
     A summer or so later, Scout discovers the town of Maycomb to be much different than she perceived it to be. People--good people--who normally liked her family, suddenly despised the Finchs, all because Atticus' decisions and perspective. Through it all, Scout and the rest of Maycomb learn the importance of seeing through the eyes of another, and having tolerance for all.

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- The Soup Chef

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