Book Review: Scout, Atticus and Boo

November 9, 2010 book review 6

I picked this book up at the library because I’d seen it at book stores several times.  I knew it was a celebration of the 50th anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird, but I wasn’t sure what it was all about.  I have said many times that Harper Lee’s first and only published work is my favorite.  I know I saw the movie first as a child of the 60’s but I read the book first when I was in Jr. High, not because it was assigned but because I wanted to read it.  I believe I read it in high school, and have read it at least twice as an adult.  It never ceases to amaze me with it’s views on life, childhood, race, and change.  I almost always watch the movie after reading it.  I loved when when last year Adrienne read the book and we discussed it often, and watched the movie together.
The book first discusses how Harper Lee felt after she wrote the book and how it was so widely accepted and won a Pulitzer.  It tells how she felt the movie did the book justice.  I honestly enjoyed the history best, but then the rest of the book are small chapters from authors, celebrities, actors etc and their impressions and thoughts on To Kill a Mockingbird.  I loved Mary Badham, the actress who played Scout in the movie, she is the voice of the book and film, and her memories still ring true of how that role impacted her life.  I love reading about people older and younger than myself, and how reading the book the first time impacted them.

So tell me, have you read To Kill a Mockingbird?  Were you impacted by the book or the movie? 

6 Responses to “Book Review: Scout, Atticus and Boo”

  1. Pam

    I hadn’t heard of this book! I, too, loved To Kill a Mockingbird. And like you I read it in HS (but really had no recollection of it) and then again as an adult a few years ago. I also felt compelled to watch the movie after reading it. I had never seen the movie. It was very powerful. I was also lucky enough to see a stage play last year, which really brought the message of the story to life. It was that play that moved To Kill a Mockingbird into my favorite books of all time category. There are only 3 books on that list. The other two are A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and The Good Earth.

  2. Ali

    You know, I don’t think I’ve ever read the book. Loved the movie, though. I can’t believe it was Lee’s only work–wonder if she thought that she could never top ‘Mockingbirds’ success? Guess I need to read this book–it sounds interesting!

  3. Kat

    I’ll have to look for this. To Kill a Mockingbird is my favorite book and favorite movie. I re-read the book at least once a year, with the movie soundtrack playing. Great post! Kat

  4. Bonnie

    I read the book for the first time a couple of years ago. The characters really stuck with me. I noticed someone at work reading it the other day and I made a comment. She said it was like her 5th time reading it! She loaned it to me and I think I will read it again soon.

    I have never seen the movie. I will have to see if I can get it at the library.

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