To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

May 16, 2012

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 overall plot.

(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.

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