Thursday, March 28, 2013

To Kill a Mockingbird Review


The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.

Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior - to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.

This was never a book I really wanted to read, but I was forced to read it in school.  I was not very optimistic because the books we usually read at school are not very good, but I was shocked by this book.  It is not a young adult book.  It has no vampires, werewolves, etc.  There is not any romance (except some little kid puppy love and who does not think that is adorable).  What I liked so much about this book was how it gave my insight to the lives of people who are not fighting for their lives against paranormal forces.  It was so stripped down to the most raw of human experiences and thoughts that I could not help but love it and the characters.  The main character is the young fiery girl named Scout.  She is smarter than most adults and is finding her way through life with pressures from pretty much everybody.  I laughed and almost cried.  I am so glad I was forced to read this book in school. It opened me up to a new experience with books. 
Cover- 3/5
Plot- 4.5/5
-Alyssa

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