To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

17 04 2014

I sat my GCSE’s in 2004, including English Literature. English was never my strong point, I’m a maths and science girl, and much as I read like crazy as a younger child – Secondary School English really put me off, I didn’t read books for leisure properly for years afterwards (other than Harry Potter maybe!).

The book that was chosen for our exam was To Kill A Mockingbird. I read a couple of chapters of it, and watched the film, and then the night before the exam tried to cram in a few more chapters, and came out with a C grade overall, and everyone was happy.

But a couple of months later I decided to read the book and try to read it properly. It then sat on my shelf until a month or so ago, when I finally picked it up to read properly this time, and it was fantastic! No wonder people rave about it, but when as a 15 year old you’re made to sit there and analyse the placement and choice of every single work then it is impossible to enjoy the story. (Maybe that’s why these blogs I do on books I’ve read can’t really be classed too much as “reviews!)

Reading for leisure, I really enjoyed this. The book has two main storylines, which kind of take turns to be told, but I was laughing at point, sad at others, and genuinely couldn’t see what was coming next! If you failed to read this at school, do try again – it’s worth it!

To Kill a Mockingbird