To Kill a Mockingbird: Book Summary

Hi all! Finally, I have checked off ‘To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee’ from my TBR list which had been long overdue and before saying anything else I would say that it was more than worth it.

I listened to the audiobook – To Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee narrated by Sissy Spacek. It is available on Audible.

AUTHOR: Harper Lee


GENRE: Classics · Fiction · Historical · Young Adult 


DISCLAIMER: This a brief summary and mentions only the major plot line of the book. For a detailed understanding and appreciation of the book please read it completely. I am sure you’ll not be disappointed. Also, if you are afraid of some spoilers, I would suggest not to read any further.


To Kill a Mockingbird takes place during 1930s, the decade of Great Depression, in a small fictional town of Alabama, USA called Maycomb. The book is narrated form the perspective of a little girl, Scout (aka Jean Louise Finch), and is her coming of age story.

Scout lives with her elder brother- Jem, her father- Atticus Finch who is a prominent lawyer of the county, and Calpurnia- the cook. With no mother in picture, she has been raised rather untraditionally by her father who encourages empathy and righteousness in both his children.

Their normal lives take an unexpected turn when Atticus agrees to defend a black man, Tom Robinson, who is falsely accused of raping a white girl, Mayella Ewel. As the trial nears, Scout begins to see the hypocritic ways of the adults of the neighborhood raising several questions in her head which she tries her best to get answered by Jem or Atticus.

Although, Atticus fights nail and tooth and has a strong defense for Tom’s case but the prejudiced jury finds Tom guilty, and he is shot in the aftermath that follows. This event has a big impact on Scout and more so on her brother, Jem.

In the later chapters, Bob Ewel, father of Mayella find himself uncontented and aggravated despite the verdict and takes it upon himself to take revenge from everyone involved especially Atticus. Amidst the mayhem of which, Scout and Jem find themselves being rescued by their silent hero/friend, Mr. Radley.

Seeing Mr. Radley outside his house for the first time in her lifetime, turns out to be a most welcoming surprise for Scout making her witness the many sides of people and giving the book a sweet heartfelt ending that it deserves.

Have you read it? Do you plan to? Let me know what you think.

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