Book Review of To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird
Author: Harper Lee
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
reviewed on + 22 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1


What a great book...it's just a shame that it took me 30 freaking years to get around to reading it!

Having grown up in a small, virtually all White town in Northeastern Pennsylvania I wonder how profound of an impact this book would have had on me had I read it when I was a wee lad & saw the world in a completely different way than I do today. This is not to say that I did not find this book meaningful, but rather as you get older you'll most likely experience many of the life lessons that are captured within the book. With that said, I'll definitely make it a point to have my children read this book when they are growing up, whenever I decide it's time to take the terrifying plunge into fatherhood that is... ;)

Harper Lee does a spectacular job of telling the story through the innocent eyes of a young girl named Scout. Scout's unbridled curiosity, her naive view of the world around her, & her difficulty distinguishing good vs. bad takes me back to the days when I was young and had an untainted view of the world around me...When all I worried about was if it would be hot enough each day of summer to go swimming and whether or not my team would win each baseball game we played on the local firehouse's parking lot. Alas, we all grow up and while I did not experience anything nearly as dramatic as what Scout went through, her experiences definitely resonated within me.

TKAM is a story about growing up and seeing the world for what it truly is. It's about the evils of racism and the strong bonds of family & friends. It's about sticking odd little trinkets in trees for your curious neighbors to discover. And it's about scuppernong.

Mmm. Scuppernong.