I Kill the Mockingbird

Finished I Kill the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

When Lucy, Elena, and Michael receive their summer reading list, they are excited to see To Kill A Mockingbird included. But not everyone in their class shares the same enthusiasm. So they hatch a plot to get the entire town talking about the well-known Harper Lee classic. They plan controversial ways to get people to read the book, including re-shelving copies of the book in bookstores so that people think they are missing and starting a website committed to “destroying the mockingbird.” Their efforts are successful when all of the hullabaloo starts to direct more people to the book. But soon, their exploits start to spin out of control and they unwittingly start a mini-revolution in the name of books.

I enjoyed this sweet, fun read but I didn’t love it the way I was expecting to.  It’s definitely an easy read.  I love books that are about people who love books, and Lucy, Elena and Michael love books.  (Especially Lucy.)

When they decide to come up with a way to have everyone in their class pick To Kill a Mockingbird for their summer reading project, it’s hard not to agree with them.  Even their method, while flawed, is pretty ingenuous.  (They decide that they need to make it look like someone’s trying to keep people from reading it, which will obviously make everyone want to read it.)

Except, of course, things get out of hand.  Because of course they would.  Even if their intentions are good (and they definitely are), there’s no way to keep other people from doing this, too.  And those other people’s intentions may not be as pure.

This is an incredibly fun way to spend an afternoon.


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