Why did I love this book?
Although I was a child of the Jim Crow South, this is the first book I ever read that brought home the cruelty of the injustice suffered by African-Americans in a world similar to that in which I grew up. What I admire most is Lee’s use of young Scout as the narrator, for her innocence and childhood grasp of truth makes for a brilliant ironic contrast to the racism that abounds in Macomb County. Although her portrait of Atticus Finch may be a bit unrealistically heroic, that depiction is chastened by Lee’s second novel, Go Set a Watchman. This is the very best YA American novel of historical fiction ever written.