Why did I love this book?
I discovered Scout, Jem, and Dill in middle school and have loved them ever since. Their friendship was in a different setting and place than where I grew up, yet I felt connected to these kids as they roamed the neighborhood and stirred up mischief. I loved Atticus and his quest to do the right thing and stand alone, and Scout’s bravery when standing up to a mob by using their first names. Years later, when my first book came out, Kirkus Reviews said, “If Scout Finch had had a sister, she would be future ‘world-famous lawyer’ Guinevere St. Clair…100 percent unforgettable.” I can’t imagine a blurb that means more.