Our latest Teen Book Review comes to us from the Teen Advisory Group’s, Anna!
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Scout and Jem Finch grew up in sleepy Southern Maycomb, where the Great Depression was happening. When Dill comes over for one summer, the kids begin to find a new interest in the old Radley’s place, a spooky house down the street. It was spooky because Arthur Radley never came out of his house, and the three kids wanted him to. As Harper lee takes us on an adventure to explore Scout’s life, we encounter the issue of equality. Atticus Finch, Scout and Jem’s father and a lawyer, takes on Tom Robinson’s case. The Robinsons were a respectful and kind family but they were also black. As the story begins to unravel, we learn about innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hate, and the importance of perspective. At the end, Scout learns something very important about her neighbor, Mr. Radley, and begins to really understand life.
This masterpiece of American literature not only captured my attention with the story, but it really touched my heart with the true lessons. Lee begins the story by creating for us readers innocent children oblivious to the racist community around them. Engaged in the story of the children, I felt like I was walking in their shoes and experiencing their lives. Once Scout begins to grow up, childhood begins to escape and Jem enters a whole new state in his life. One of my favourite characters is Atticus because he teaches so many lessons and is known as the top literature father of all times. Once equality enters Scout’s life, the story changes perspective and I found the story taking a more serious yet unforgettable route. At the end, To Kill a Mockingbird shows that not everything goes as planned but still remains a jewel in the centre of my heart.
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