Review: Go set a watchman by Harper Lee

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Hi everyone!
Finally I’m back with another review!

Go set a watchman by Harper Lee
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages: 278
    • Published: July 14th 2015 by HarperCollins
    • Average Goodreads Rating: 3.31 out of five
    • Book rating: 3 out of 5

  • Plot: From Harper Lee comes a landmark new novel set two decades after her masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird. Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch–“Scout”–returns home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise’s homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt. Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in a painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past–a journey that can be guided only by one’s conscience. Written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman imparts a fuller, richer understanding and appreciation of Harper Lee. Here is an unforgettable novel of wisdom, humanity, passion, humor and effortless precision–a profoundly affecting work of art that is both wonderfully evocative of another era and relevant to our own times. It not only confirms the enduring brilliance of To Kill a Mockingbird, but also serves as its essential companion, adding depth, context and new meaning to an American classic.



At the beginning I was a little scared to start reading it since she didn’t agree to publish that and I don’t think that’s a good thing.
In this book Scout (I will never call her Jean Louis) from New York, where she works, goes to Maycomb to visit Atticus, Hank and all the other friends and family members. She is disappointed when she finds out that a lot of things changed in Maycomb, even his dad. Through the book she finds out that Atticus isn’t perfect, like all the other humans.
I somehow (just a little bit) related with Scout, but it didn’t feel like her anymore, she is still the rebellious Scout we’ve always know, obviously, but I didn’t recognize her in every single page.
I don’t know why I don’t really like this book, I’ve tried, but for me it’s slow. Maybe it’s because I read this in english (I recently read the first one in my mother language) or maybe because I expected too much from it. But I think I will reread it in the future and try again.

Short ratings:

  • The Feels: 1/5
  • Emotions: Disappointed, Bored, but Curious
  • Characters: 4/5 (they are the same amazing characters
  • Character Development: 3/5
  • Plot: 2.5/5
  • Interest: 2/5
  • Writing: 5/5 
  • Narration:5/5
  • Flow of Reading: 2/5
  • Ending: 4/5


Remember this also: it’s always easy to look back and see what we were, yesterday, ten years ago. It is hard to see what we are. If you can master that trick, you’ll get along

You’re color blind, Jean Louise,” he said. “You always have been, you always will be. The only differences you see between one human and another are differences in looks and intelligence and character and the like. You’ve never been prodded to look at people as a race, and now that race is the burning issue of the day, you’re still unable to think racially. You see only people.


I you loved the first book and you want more you should definitely read it! But please don’t get your hopes high.


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Hope you will read it and enjoy it as much as I did,


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