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YA's question of the week: what is your favorite book of the month? (i read somewhere that they ask this every month? anyway...)
good question, but slightly ambiguous. if they mean June, i've only read one book, Hex Hall, so i'd have to pick that. (for the record, i liked Hex Hall, but i'm still mad that i have to wait a whole year for the sequel!!!)
instead, i'm going to assume the nice YA bloggers mean May.
hands down, i'd have to say To Kill A Mockingbird.
i didn't know what to expect starting this book. all i had to go on were some snippets from Amazon and obscure references in Beautiful Creatures. but i decided to buy and read it.
i'm SO GLAD I DID.
Set in a small Alabama town (Maycomb), To Kill A Mockingbird follows the story of Atticus Finch indirectly--that is, through his daughter, Scout's, eyes. Atticus Finch, a lawyer, decides to accept the commission to defend Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white woman. Atticus knows that there will be repercussions for defending a black man, but he also knows that defending an innocent man--whatever his skin color--is the right thing to do.
However, Atticus seems to be the only person in Maycomb who believes this.
Nearly everyone else assumes that Tom Robinson is guilty. Furthermore, they resent Atticus for daring to defend a black man.
Scout, oblivious to the coming storm, merely cares about making the local recluse, Boo Radley, "come out". She doesn't even realise at first why the other children start to shun and torment her: she doesn't realise that her father's actions have made her whole family a target.
And she certainly never anticipates the ultimate consequences of fighting injustice and prejudice.
despite the heavy moral premise, Scout's innocent outlook is entertaining. her funny commentary and childish detatchment keep the story from growing too morbid, even as the action unfolds.
this book is a worthwhile read for anyone--although i certainly wouldn't recommend it to younger audiences. i can't really do the book justice in a short summary--you simply have to read it for yourself. you won't be sorry you did!!