I had to read this book for school though there is no doubt in my mind that I would have read it any way. What can I say about this book that hasn’t already been said? It is an instant classic and a story that has meaning and provides wisdom for today’s society. ‘To Kill a Mockingbird” is told through the eyes of Scout Finch (a six year old tomboy), her brother Jem and their friend Dill. During a summer of innocence we witness a struggling adult society through their childlike eyes. Scout’s father Atticus has been given the uphill task of representing a black man accused of raping a white woman. Even during this turbulent time Scout, Jem and Dill still manage to get up to mischief trying to spy on the local outcast Boo Radley.
This story deals with many issues including racial tension, family dynamics and the end to the carefree childhood of a little girl. This review does not do justice to the story. There are so many subtleties within the story and the plot that you can read this book numerous times and still uncover hidden treasures. The characters a very human and real, so you can relate. Everyone remembers a carefree, hot summer like the one in the book. Reading this will bring back your own childhood memories as well as experience those of Scout. Even if you don’t like this book you will be able to appreciate it not only for its story but also for its social commentary on a time long gone but not forgotten by many. I highly recommend this book so please if you get the chance read it. Don’t tell anyone I told you this but if you can’t be bothered reading the book at least watch the movie, Gregory Peck is perfect as Atticus Finch.