BHS: Student Book Review: Go Set a Watchman

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Rani Patel, Reporter

How would you feel if a great classic book had just come out with its long awaited sequel? Go Set a Watchman, the “sequel” to To Kill a Mockingbird, is actually the repurposing an earlier draft. It’s been a greatly anticipated book, and Amazon says that it was their most pre-ordered book since Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows.

The book starts with Jean Louise Finch, famously known as Scout, coming back home from New York to visit her father, Atticus, in Maycomb, Alabama. She reconnects with several characters from To Kill A Mockingbird, such as her aunt Alexandra, her uncle Jack, and her neighbor Henry Clinton. The book presents Scout with new changes and truths about her family, and tests her ability to stand her ground on what she believes is right.

Go Set a Watchman caused quite a bit of controversy among critics and readers. Readers were shocked and a bit angry at the character changes–most notably concerning Atticus Finch–and decisions certain characters made in the book, but some readers thought the book was great and wouldn’t change anything about it.

Ms. Corson, an English teacher at BHS, says, “It’s nice to see Scout as a spunky character, even as a grownup. However, I see Go Set a Watchman as a different book from To Kill A Mockingbird because the author was younger when she wrote it. I don’t see it a sequel, but more as the result of a young writer going in a different direction.”

Go Set a Watchman has gotten many different reviews and critiques, but it’s definitely a must-read book.