Book Review: Harper Lee

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To Kill A Mocking Bird is making its come back with Harper Lee releasing a new book. Now I don’t know about you but If you’re from the Uk aged probably my age and maybe older To Kill A Mocking Bird was the book you had to do for your GCSE. At that age you don’t wanna do what the teacher tells you, so reading a book set in the 50s was 100% not cool. One thing I wish I could do is go back to my school years, yes I said it. Not only because I loved school and I’m not afraid to admit it. There was something about school for me that I would run back to in a heart beat. ( Is that a saying or did I completely make that up?) Who knows, right? When this book was forced upon us I did not read it how it should be read. I read the sections that I HAD to and that was about it. Now 5 years on and I’m actually buying this book for leisure, to read in my own time and it hasn’t been forced on me. I know crazy!

The main reasons I got this book was because I was so intrigued by Harper Lee’s new book Go Set A Watchman, I knew that this book followed To Kill A Mocking Bird so knew I really had to read this first to get a real understanding of what the book was really all about. I loved it. The book is basically about race and class in the 50s, taking you through it all by the views of a 6/9 year old, which for me really put perspective on things. If your’e thinking about reading this book I would strongly advise that you give it time. Its not one of those books that you are immediately hooked too, it takes a good few chapters before you really get to understand the characters and what they resemble etc. Well it did for me anyway, it may not for you. Once I was finished I knew I couldn’t wait to start the next.

Go Set A Watchman is set around ten years later to her first book, which I thought would be interesting to see how things change over time, with this one it really took me a long time to get into it. I would say a good half way. All because I felt that characters where introduced that I totally didn’t understand who they where and I also found that the book chopped and changed between first and third person the whole way through. I don’t know if this was intentional but just something that I noticed that I couldn’t quit get the hang off. I would still suggest giving it a read if you enjoyed To Kill A Mocking Bird but if you haven’t read the first one she wrote then you need to read that one first or you will be completely lost.

All in all I loved To Kill A Mocking Bird it was really well written and you really got the feel for the characters, but I am afraid to say I was a little let down by her second book although I am glad that I can say I have read it