What I read: Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee, historical fiction, 278 pages, 4 out of 5 stars
How it starts: Jean Louise has come home from New York City to her hometown of Maycomb Alabama. She meets her boyfriend, aunt, father, and uncle. She starts to notice some stuff going around about different practices that have change (i.e. not visiting black folks, and a city council being set up.) She notices that her family, who have always been very anti-prejudice, have starting to attend the city council meetings, get mad at her for visiting her old black friend, and not defending the blacks as rigorously as they used to.
How it get complicated: She finds her father and boyfriend attending a city council meeting in which a man is speaking about how terrible black people are. She thinks that her father, boyfriend, and aunt are becoming as prejudice as the rest of the town. She goes to her uncle and tries to get him to help her understand whats going on.
What I liked: It is a deep book that talks about the civil rights movement and why it happened and how it could have been avoided. It is a sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird and addresses some issues in that book as well as revisiting her childhood. It talks about how people like to think that we have changed from the Civil War and stopped being as bad of people, but we really haven’t.
What I disliked: It’s super confusing and sometimes hard to understand. Some people think that the main character’s father is a prejudiced in this book but I don’t think so.
Recommendations: I would recommend this book, I think it’s super good, and I really loved it. For anyone who loves historical fiction or thinks that some stuff that gets super deep is good, then I think they would like it