Friday, June 29, 2012

Book Review: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

To Kill a MockingbirdTo Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
Book Summary: 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.
Liana's Summary: Maycomb, Alabama. Scout Finch and her brother Jem grow up there. The word 'nigger' is loosely used, and a black man always loses against a white in a court case.When Atticus, their father, defends a colored man in a court case, Jem's afraid they might hurt him. The kids at school already call Atticus a 'nigger lover.' In this book, the acts of racism back then compared to the racism today, are severe and unacceptable.  Harper Lee wrote a masterpiece.

Rate(1-10): 9.8

I don't really know how to describe the book, so sorry for the lame summary. Just look at the book summary. Okay, so. At first, I was sure that the kids were white. And then I have a nagging feeling they're black. And then I know for sure they're white. Yep. They're white.

This book was supposed to be read for a school summer assignment. There were questions with it, and I just finished. I think that having questions in it made me pay attention to the story more. That's a good thing. Not like I want to have questions for every book I read.

You know how I'm insistent on putting the cover I read from, instead of the most common cover, even if it's the same book. That didn't make much sense. If you go on the Goodreads link, they'll take you to the one with the black/green/red cover one. I looked for this one because I'm more comfortable with it. And it's prettier. (:

I heard of this book about 4 years ago when my friend said she wanted to read it. I didn't really see why I should read it. But as my love for books increased, and I heard that we would be reading this for the summer assignment, I was actually excited. So I asked my other friend to get it for me at Barnes and Noble. She goes every week. -____-'
This is how it ended up looking, I used those sticky tab things. It's to mark the pages with the answers for the questions are. I think it was pretty fun, yet again I repeat, I do not want to do it for every book I read. Yeah, I first got influenced to do the tab things by Kristin Cashore, since she did it too. If you go on her blog and scroll down, you'll see she marked her book much more than me. Now you know where I get the quote responses from! I'm not flippin' through the whole book to find a part I want to quote. -___-'

So, I think that the most suspenseful chapter was 28. I'm not gonna say anything about it, other than it kept me reading wide-eyed. I was really worried at the end-ish. 29, I think?

So, here are some quotes. I think that this book review wasn't that good. D: My touch is wearing off. NO. Oh yeah. I wonder if this is a movie? I'll search it later. But anyway, here are some quotes.

"Your father does not know how to teach. You can have a seat now."

Omfg. You do not know how to teach. Atticus is the best teacher ever.

"He had asked me earlier in the summer to marry him,.." 

WHAT. But they make a cute couple though. c: But they're like, 7.

" I ain't never heard of a nigger snowman."

:O LANGUAGE, SCOUT. LANGUAGE. But this made me laugh. Not because of the word, because of the situation.

"..,but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird."

Ahh. It sho' is. Now I see where the title came from. And here I was thinking, what does this title have to do with anything? 

"Old hell-devil, old hell-devil!" he screamed, flinging it down. "Why can't she leave me alone?"

This. Just made me laugh so hard. Oh, Jem.

"It ain't a snake." Jem said. " It's somebody."


"-Scout, let's get us a baby."
.___. omg. I just thought.. and they're 7, and.. especially when you read it with a Southern accent. Oh god. But you get it all in the next few lines. They say that there's this place you can order them. And then they say that God drops them out of the sky. And I'm like, sigh.

"Jem shrieked and tried to catch me,.."


"He yanked Jem nearly off his feet."

Let him go! *Little girl nagging voice.*

"Don't you touch him!" 

And then she kicks him in the penis. Oh, what a little girl can do. (:

"They've all got blue eyes," Jem explained."and the men can't shave after they marry. Their wives like for 'em to tickle 'em with their beards."

And what did I just read. ._.

"Jem was the one who was getting more like a girl every day, not I."

Oh, Scout, you are a girl.

"The patch itself was turning yellow."


"..There was an ugly mark on the side of his face."

Oh god. D: 

"Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them."

Yep. Favorite line, I think. Atticus is always right, because he's awesome. c:

So, yeah. These are all. I know it seems that the things I bookmarked isn't just this. It isn't actually. I bookmarked some pages for the answers to the questions in the assignment packet. Overall, I really enjoyed this book.

I have a few more things to say. First of all, Jem. He's actually a really caring brother. I know his name sounds girly, but it's short for Jeremy. Yeah. Idk how, but it's still Jem. Jem suits him more. 

Second of all, she seemed really smart, but that was all because of Atticus being a good teacher. c: I sort of changed my mind when she asked what a nigger lover was. And then she asked what rape was. And I was like, you know that much words and you don't know rape. -_-' I guess it shows one more thing: Her family is really pure and doesn't teach her those words. Yep. c:  She's such a tough tomboy! Harper Lee introduces a new kind of character. (: It's fabulous!

That's it! A really good tip is to do as I do. The tab thingies. On a book that has a good plot. That has a lot of things that happen. c: There.


PS: There are guys in white uniforms spraying the house with water. They're here to paint, but what's the point of spraying the house when they're just gonna paint it? Jeez. So much noise. 

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