I am someone who hates sugar coating things. For example, if I make my husband a dessert he doesn't likI'll divide this into positives and negatives.
I am someone who hates sugar coating things. For example, if I make my husband a dessert he doesn't like, I always appreciate it when he goes "yeah, that was a good experiment but I didn't care for it." Sure he could lie and say it was wonderful but I appreciate it when he doesn't. Keep things real. Don't be a jerk about it but don't lie either.
I say this because of the changes we see in Atticus. To Kill a Mockingbird was written from the point of view of a young girl so of course she'll think the world of him:
"...now you, Miss, born with your own conscience, somewhere along the line fastened it like a barnacle onto your father's. As you grew up, when you were grown, totally unknown to yourself, you confused your father with God. You never saw him as a man with a man's heart, and a man's failings--I'll grant you it may have been hard to see, he makes so few mistakes, but he makes 'em like all of us. You were an emotional cripple, leaning on him, getting the answers from him, assuming that your answers would always be his answers."
So while I might not like that Atticus has racist tendencies, I'm also not surprised.
This was an interesting story of characters we know and love growing and that's what might freak out other people.
As far as negatives are concerned, I had some issues with the pace of the book. Some flashback stories went on a little too long for me. Additionally, there were some times, while reading it, where I thought, "holy run-on sentence, batman!" ...more
What a disappointment. I found this to be so unrealistic and SO predictable. People previously mad at each other (with good reason, mind you) become tWhat a disappointment. I found this to be so unrealistic and SO predictable. People previously mad at each other (with good reason, mind you) become the best of friends? In the age of Emmett Till and the KKK, the reader is supposed to believe a white woman legally adopts a black child effortlessly? We're supposed to believe that two women who loved the same man become best friends? The dialogue between these two groups of people is so so sweet it gave me a cavity and not in a good way.
This book had such potential but fell very short. ...more