To Kill a Mockingbird
By: Harper Lee
Review of book: Scout and Jem are two kids that enjoy exploring their neighborhood and speculating about their neighbor, Boo Radley. When their father Atticus is asked to defend Tom Robinson, a black man who is accused of rape, Scout and Jem do anything they can in order to keep Atticus's reputation high within the town. Bob Ewell does anything he can in order to make it look like Tom raped his daughter. Through the story, Scout and Jem have to find out who they are individually and as a family, with Atticus providing guidance in order to help them.
Quote: "It is not necessary to tell all you know. It's not ladylike- in the second place, folks don't like to have somebody around knowin' more than they do. It aggravates 'em. You're not gonna change any of them by talkin' right, they've got to want to learn themselves, and when they don't want to learn there's nothing you can do but keep your mouth shut or talk their language." (Page 126).
Personal Evaluation: At the beginning, I thought that it was boring because it was basically setting the scene of the book. After those first few chapters, the book starts to have more of a “plot” and picks up. If you are willing to read the setting of the scene for a while, you should enjoy this book after.