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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
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May 01, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: april-2012, may-june-2012


Gunfights and terrorists, that is the main topic of all books these days, but what if there was a book better than these topics. Well there is and it is called, To Kill a Mockingbird. To Kill a Mockingbird is the story about a segregated fictional town called Maycomb, Alabama. The story starts off telling about a young boy’s broken arm, how it is crooked and how he almost stopped playing football because of it. The plot then begins a couple of years earlier with two children, Scout Finch and Jem Finch. They are everyday, normal kids with a lawyer for a father, but one day their father gets a trial case that changes his life and his families forever. He is chosen to defend a black man charged with rape. The whole book and plot is the events leading up to the boy’s broken arm and the repercussions that are caused from Scout and Jem’s father taking the case.
The main character in this book is Scout Finch. She starts off as a little girl who doesn’t even go to school. As the story progresses you learn more about her and how she as a character changes. For example, at the beginning of this book she is a tomboy who wears overalls and plays in the mud, but as she grows up adults and other people influence her and she becomes more “ladylike”. This character is a really well thought out for this story. She is witty, lovable and she keeps you reading. An example is she doesn’t defend herself like normal girl’s, she brawls with people who she disagrees with. The reason she is a perfect match is because she sees the world in the perspective of a child, everything completely surrounding her and her mind is unobstructed by everyday issues of an adult. Other characters are Jem Finch, the older brother of Scout Finch a football fan and helps look after his little sister. There is also Atticus Finch, the father of Scout and Jem Finch and Dill the boy across the street. This book is amazing and deserves to be called best book of the century. The reason this book is so extraordinary is that the whole story takes place in the view of a little girl. The reason this is so interesting is because the whole story is written in the perspective and opinion of a child, which is way different then an adults. This is also a great book because of how much detail went into making this story. For example at one point in the story the Finches neighbour was gardening and the detail that told how she cared and kept for her garden was amazing. Read this book.
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