Go Set a Watchman – Read It and Rate It

Go Set a Watchman
sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
Historical Fiction

Review #1
* Star (A Waste of time)
“Go Set a Watchman” is the sequel to the iconic novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” by Harper Lee. Featuring many of the same characters from TKaM, this book follows Scout Finch, who is now grown up. It is set in the mid-1950s in Maycomb, Alabama. Jean Louise Finch returns home to Maycomb from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. She finds out some disturbing truths about her family and the people dearest to her. Her childhood memories flood back, and she reconsiders her values.

This book was terrible. The entire plotline is so predictable. It starts with Jean Louise learning her father is not who she thought he was. They argue. She decides to accept him anyway. The book has some humor in parts, but it is not funny. Comparing this to “To Kill a Mockingbird,” it is hard to believe that both books were written by the same author. There is some controversy surrounding whether or not it was written by Harper Lee. In her lifetime, Lee vowed never to write a book again, yet this book was published two months after her housemaid and sister died. Some say that Lee’s publishers took advantage of her and pressured her into publishing against her wishes. “To Kill a Mockingbird” is a timeless classic that is against racism, but “Go Set a Watchman” is the opposite of that. I do not recommend it. For older teens (high school) and adults.

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