A necessary read!

  • Book: To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Location: Monroeville
  • Author: Harper Lee



i first read this book when i was 13 and in school. and i really didnt understand it. i couldnt get my head around how a girl of similar age to me at the time, could have such a completly and scarily different life to me. The book follows three years in the life of Scout Finch, her brother Jem, their father Atticus, and their fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama, in the era of the Great Depression. The first part of the book explores the childhoods of the children, and how they begin to come to terms with the difficulty of their skin colour in such a struggling part of the world. The second part of the book follows a black man who has been acused of raping a white woman, and the problems that the family face when Atticus is called to defend them. It also leads on to show how the trial effects the childhood and adulthoods of the children involved. this book is a book of so many things- sadness and happiness, racism and equality, immaturity and maturity, injustice and redemption. its a wonderfully moving book, full of characters that everyone grows to love and empathise with. Even though, technically this book it set in a fictional town, it is not hard to believe that it could be set in any town in Alabama during this period. I recently went to the south of america with my brother, and although i wasnt able to see any of the scenery from the book, i could definintely feel the sense of the book. That in mind, this book isnt a necesary to read for anyone going to the south of america, but it definitely is a necesary read!

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