Parman Teen Book Review: “Go Set a Watchman” by Harper Lee
This is only the second novel by Lee, released this July, 55 years after her award-winning debut novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, was released. To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my two favorite novels of all-time (the second one is Charlotte’s Web), and Go Set a Watchman is just as exhilarating. This novel, although the original manuscript of To Kill a Mockingbird, can be thought of as a sequel to the novel. It features Jean Louise “Scout” Finch in her 20’s and follows her experience when she visits her father and Maycomb County after living in New York for some time. A lot is the same – her Aunt Alexandra is still nagging her about being a lady, and her father is just as loving. We are introduced to a new character in this novel, Henry “Hank” Clinton, who is supposedly Scout’s childhood friend who is now infatuated with her and plans on marrying her. However, a lot has changed. Jem has passed away from a cardiac arrest, the same reason their mother died in her 30’s. Calpurnia does not work in the Finch household anymore. Worst of all, Scout realizes that her father Atticus makes mistakes too, which is much different from the perfect, godlike father she had worshiped throughout childhood. Overall, this was a beautiful novel that touches upon the fact that nobody is perfect and that it is important to stand for what you believe in, and ends on a pleasingly optimistic note.
~Niraja, 16 Parman TLLC