book review

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Title: To Kill a Mockingbird
Author: Harper Lee
Published: July 11, 1960
Genres: Historical fiction, Classics

Goodreads Synopsis: The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.

Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior – to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into ten languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.

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This is going to be a short review because I don’t have much to say…

I only rated this book two out of five stars (which means “it was okay” on Goodreads). I’m not insenstive or heartless, I thought the overall message was beautiful! There was just something about the writing and narriation I didn’t like, and couldn’t pinpoint. Maybe it’s just the slump I’ve been in? I plan on keeping this book on my shelves to re-read in the future.

*This was required reading in high school, but I only read the sparknotes and watched the movie (which I liked).

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3 thoughts on “To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

  1. I didn’t read this book for school (read Of Mice & Men) but I really enjoyed To Kill A Mockingbird – especially part 2, as part 1 was a bit of a drag but a really important book to read.

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