Book Review of Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
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Sexual Content: No sexual content
Violence: Violence is mentioned because the main character’s (Caitlin’s) brother was killed in a school shootout and because she has Aspergers she mentions his death without tact. However, no description is used.
Swearing and Blasphemy: It is implied that one of the characters swears or blasphemes but what he says isn’t actually mentioned.
Caitlin is a fifth grader with Aspergers syndrome. Her problem is that her brother Devon just recently died in a school shooting and now she has no one to explain the world to her. The world is such a confusing place as it is, and now she has no one to help her Get It. Dad tries to help, well as much as he can because often he just spends his time crying in the shower. Caitlin doesn’t understand emotions or why everyone seems so sad. When she reads the definition of “closure” in her dictionary, she decides that’s what they need. She sets on a path to find it and soon learns to let colour into her black-and-white life.
I really enjoyed reading this book and finished reading it within two days. It grabbed my attention from the first chapter and I was kept interested through every page. The book is written in first person from Caitlins perspective and so I got a very good view of Aspergers syndrome just from the way she writes about her life. There are no speech marks (” “), instead she writes the dialogue in italics without mentioning who said what. This somehow added to my understanding of Caitlin and it was well written so I didn’t get confused. She also used capitalisation to show the importance she associated with certain phrases, e.g. “I just don’t Get It” or “when Devon died was The Day Our Life Fell Apart”. It was a very good story, both heartwarming and sad as you read about Caitlin’s struggles in life.