Book Review: To Kill A Mockingbird


I haven't read in quite a while, so I feel very accomplished having just finished my first book in months. I'm super behind on my Goodreads Challenge and am hoping that this spurs me on to read more. It was actually a friend's idea to read this book and I'm really glad I did.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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 forty 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.


I wasn't sure what to expect starting this book. They synopsis didn't help much with that either. When starting the book I kept an open mind and just let the words wash over me. I loved that the story comes from the point of a view of a seven year old girl. You really do get a true view of humanity. There is nothing more honest than a child. They will tell you what they are thinking and feeling without giving it a second thought.

The story was very fluid and I never felt lost. Scout, the voice of the novel, tells her view of things so well and with such detail. I really felt myself become involved with the characters. There were times where we didn't hear about a character for a little while and I really wanted to know what was happening!

When it came to the 'crisis of conscience' that rocked their sleepy little town, it was so well done. I may sound redundant, but it's really how I felt. Nothing was over played or over written. It was never cheesy or too dramatic. This story was perfectly written!

Have you read To Kill A Mockingbird?  What did you think?