I don't really know how I missed reading this book as a teenager, but it met all my expectations and hopes: great characters (Atticus Finch for a father, anyone?), emotional story, descriptive writing, and heartbreaking ending.
One of the things I loved most was how
every part of the story really mattered. At first, it seemed like Boo
Radley was just there to give some initial interest and help us get to
know Scout and Jem. But their strange little friendship really was
important in the end. I love it when every part of a book adds to the
(I've actually been mulling and talking over the
ending for more than a month. Was Bob Ewell's death supposed to be
confusing? Or am I just completely dense? Mike and I watched the movie
after I read the book, and Mike said there's no question about how he
died...and yet...I'm still questioning it...)
And is anyone else
completely fascinated with Harper Lee? After I finished the book, I
read all about her; if she could write such a classic on her first try,
why has she not written anything else?!?!?!?! You can't tell me that she
just doesn't have any more ideas; and it just doesn't make any sense
that the overwhelming success of her first book would scare her from
writing again. Hopefully they'll find some hidden gems after she dies.
I wrote this review before creating this blog.