The movie To Kill a Mockingbird has been one of my favorites since I was a teenager. Gregory Peck was an amazing Atticus. I have enjoyed every single show or movie with a narrative voice in it. However, I am ashamed to say I never read the book.
This year at Holy Cross High School, it was decided that the entire school be given a book to read over the summer. I am so happy that To Kill a Mockingbird was chosen. I read it over the last 3 days at Kentucky Kingdom and at home. It was unbelievable. The language is so rich, the story realistic, the characters riveting, and the truth so cutting. I laughed and cried with Scout. I was there with her those 3 or 4 summers and witnessed from her eyes what she saw, felt, and experienced. This novel is the best I have ever read. I knew it would be before I read the first page. Typically when my expectations are that high nothing can sustain them. This book exceeded those expectations.
It doesn’t matter if you are a teacher, or a student, a woman or a man, a Southerner or a Yankee,this book should be read. It will open your eyes, pierce your heart, allow you to grow and give you an example of a good moral role model to follow for a lifetime.