Welcome to this week’s edition of #FirstLineFridays! This week, in honor of all the Graduations taking place, our theme is graduates, school, college/university, YA/NA/coming of age.
To Kill a Mockingbird
by: Harper Lee
When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.
To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the greatest pieces of literature this world has ever seen. In my list of top-five novels, To Kill a Mockingbird is tied for the #1 spot. I first read this book when I fourteen, and it’s been on my re-read pile ever since. I loved the book almost immediately, and the movie is pretty darn good too!
The characters are superb: Scout and Jem, Atticus Finch, Dill, and Boo Radley. There is so much happening in this book that there is literally no way to pinpoint one reason why this book is so good, but if I had to choose one thing, it would be because of Atticus Finch. Atticus Finch is the greatest literary father ever written. Jack Pearson from This is Us is a very close second, and I’m fairly certain the writers of that show have Atticus in mind when writing Jack’s scenes. Atticus is smart, loyal, loving, firm, and noble. He fights for what is right even when the world tells him not to. And, he loves his kids quietly and fiercely. It is a stunning novel!
I could go on and on about this book. If you have never read To Kill a Mockingbird, I implore you to do so. It is life-changing! Oh, and it is definitely a coming-of-age novel, so it totally fits this week’s category.