Book Review: Go Set a Watchman

Go Set a Watchman

Title: Go Set a Watchman

Author: Harper Lee

Publisher: Harper

Genre: Fiction

Release Date: July 14, 2015

Pages: 288

Buy Links: Amazon/Barnes & Noble


From Harper Lee comes a landmark new novel set two decades after her beloved Pulitzer Prize–winning masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird.

Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch—”Scout”—returns home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise’s homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town, and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt. Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past—a journey that can only be guided by one’s own conscience.

Written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman imparts a fuller, richer understanding and appreciation of Harper Lee. Here is an unforgettable novel of wisdom, humanity, passion, humor, and effortless precision—a profoundly affecting work of art that is both wonderfully evocative of another era and relevant to our own times. It not only confirms the enduring brilliance of To Kill a Mockingbird, but also serves as its essential companion, adding depth, context, and new meaning to an American classic.

My Thoughts:

This book has been the center of a lot of controversy. Some say Harper Lee never intended to have it published after it was originally rejected. We will never know if that is true or not.

Another topic of controversy is that people say this is a sequel to the novel To Kill a Mockingbird. That is not true. This story was written first and rejected by her publicist so she rewrote it to be what we know as To Kill a Mockingbird.

Now on to my actual review:

Jean Louise “Scout” is 26 and comes back home to visit her father. Scout is all grown up and live in New York now. She has rose colored glasses on of how her beloved South really is.

Scout is before her time she doesn’t see someone based on the color of their skin. She bases a person by their morals and how they conduct themselves. Racism was still in full effect when she goes home to visit, the NNACP is trying to take over as well.

It’s hard for us when we realize the way we view our parents as a child, is not the way we view them as an adult. Scout was forced to see exactly how her family is.

This was not my favorite book but it’s not the worst I’ve read either.

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