So, it doesn't have the suspense I expected from the tone and frostiness of it's title. Instead, To Kill a Mockingbird is a metaphor, mockingbirds apparently never harming anyone or doing anything stupid but are just there to sing songs and be a part of us. In Maycomb County during the Great Depression time, except it's not really that bad here in terms of weather, is a little town in Alabama, which was based on Harper Lee's observations about her family and neighbourhood. Scout Finch, or Jean-Louise Finch, has a big brother named Jem and the whole thing is essentially the story of how Jem brook his arm. But around that is a society of outsiders seen through a child's eye, while her strict but heroic and understanding father Atticus Finch is standing up for a black man that was accused of assault on a white woman who seems to be embarrassed to have ever liked him. In another story, Scout and Jem have a neighbour who stays inside all the time with rumours going around everywhere topped by a shadowy nickname. Still, at the start, at the tree where he lives, there seems to be stuff he leaves for Scout and Jem, like he wants to talk to them or perhaps just be nice. As all this goes on, a lot changes in life, such as snow first appears in the county, and the kids become more and more a part of Atticus' work life.
Now, this is considered a love story. It's not about Scout or even Atticus finding love, however. It's something that was rare in 1960 and in 1933-35 when this book is situated, which was also around the time a few of these events occurred for Harper Lee: it was to defend a black man. The message in this movie was strong enough for it not just to be in schools but to change the world. I prefer teen's books over adult's books almost any day, but the reason I'm giving To Kill a Mockingbird a perfect score is for how honest and amusing it is, along with a heartwarming and inspirational conclusion.