Book Club: To Kill A Mockingbird
No time for chitchat. I've got a blog that's backed up and overflowing, and a friendship that's on the line. I like to blame Alex + Ada, but let's be honest.
Have you read To Kill A Mockingbird in high school? WELL WE HAVEN'T. Even though we had just experienced a classic before getting into TKM, it's safe to say that this book was a completely different experience.
Unlike Jekyll & Hyde, this classic tale was a pretty smooth read. It takes a second to get accustomed to the environment of the novel, but once you do, you get sucked in pretty quickly. Harper Lee created a world that's so down to earth, that you feel like you're living with all the characters already, and still somehow makes some little spots feel like epic fairytales.
What's really interesting about the novel, is that after reading the book, all four of us debated what the main plotline was. The book goes through several different stages, illustrating essentially the different kinds of experiences that the protagonist goes through - it's just done so seamlessly and naturally, that we didn't realize until after it was all over. If anything, everything eventually came full circle, so we left the book feeling satisfied.
When it comes to characters, I don't think there's any character any of us hated. That's not to say everyone is a "good" character, but they're all painted very realistically and serve their purpose in the book. Still, we all have a favorite character. In fact, I'm pretty sure it's a unanimous Atticus.
In terms of language, again, the book is really easy to get sucked into. I thought that the heavy focus on the culture of the American South, especially in the dialogue, would be tough to keep up with, but once again, Harper Lee proves a strange kind of brilliance in transporting the reader to fit exactly into 1930s Alabama. I BELONGED IN 1930S ALABAMA FOR THAT ONE MONTH I WAS READING TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. You know?
Unfortunately, I won't be able to get down to the nitty gritty of the book since I was supposed to get this review done in February. Funnily enough, I didn't really have much nitty gritty to get into. I couldn't think of anything more to say than this is a fantastic book. There's absolutely no wonder why it's an iconic piece of literature, and I only wish that I weave a magical novel as effortlessly as Harper Lee could. If you weren't lucky enough to have been forced to read this book in high school, then add it to your reading list tonight.
TL;DR Our Review
Bader: 4 Stars
Noor: 4.5 Stars
Reem: 5 Stars
Ali: 4 Stars
WE RECOMMEND IT
FEBRUARY BOOK CLUB PICK (THAT WE ALREADY READ SINCE WE'RE IN APRIL - REVIEW COMING SOON):
Uzumaki by Junji Ito (2013)
- Horror, Manga
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