Allow me to begin by saying that Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird is one of the best (if not the best) books I ever read in high school. Every reader needs to remember that Go Set A Watchman is not a true sequel in that Lee (nor her publishers) ever original intended for the book to be released as is. Though the events (some which do not quite line up correctly) take place after Mockingbird, Watchman was actually written well before it. Because of that, this particular work lacks the character development, the humor, and even tragedy found in the award-winning novel. Much of the dialogue can seem to drag on, appear a bit preachy at times, and quite frankly is not as well thought-out.
Watchman, if asked to stand alone, is every bit of a disappointment. But if taken as a glimpse into the author’s growth (not only as a writer but even as a thinker), this book is quite enjoyable and enlightening at times.
For the record, my favorite quote from the book can be found on Instagram. Check the book out and let me know what you think.