This is the seventh book from My Book Bucket List that I’ve finished! Look for next month’s poll post to vote for my next book!
Genre: Historical Fiction/Young Adult/Coming-of-Age/Classic
Publication Date: July 11, 1960
Story Perspective: First-Person
Themes: Family, Race, Persecution, Prejudice
Young Jean Louise (Scout) lives in the small Southern town of Maycomb. Both her and her brother, Jem, find themselves in various situations, but the one that holds more dear to their hearts is the case against a wrongly accused Negro.
I was one of those who did not have to read To Kill a Mockingbird in high school, which was probably a positive thing. As an adult, I had a difficult time enjoying myself.
On a positive note, I really liked that Atticus (Scout and Jem’s father) was against treating those with darker skin differently just because of their skin color. This is something true in the south, in the 60s, and even there are still some prejudice today. Standing up for those who are the minority must have been hard, and I think the author portrayed this aspect fairly well. These were the parts that I was more interested/invested in and wished there were more.
Though Scout, Jem, and Atticus were fairly enjoyable, they were all one-dimensional. In fact, no one was really developed while everyone had one personality that never wavered. Due to the lack of development, I kept forgetting Scout’s age (she was a lot younger than what my mind was picturing), I questioned what happened to the children’s mother, and it was extremely difficult to connect with anyone.
The plot was somewhat choppy. There were times when I was excited (some of the school scenes, the trial, and the ending sequence). Then, there were times when my eyes just glazed over and I found tedious to read. These were mainly everything else. Before the trial began, I kept questioning what was the point of the novel? What message was the author trying to convey? Due to this, I had an extremely difficult time in wanting to continue reading (which is probably why it took me a month to get through it).
Overall, this was a novel that I didn’t really feel pulled into and it was a fairly tedious one to read.
I might recommend this to those who enjoy coming-of-age stories during the 1960s and don’t mind one-dimensional characters.
Was this a book of my choosing or one for review?
47 out of 50 books of my choosing for 2018!