The novel holds many life lessons and touches on stages of life that most people will experience at some point, and is especially relevant to those in their 20s who will probably be able to identify with Jean Louise and her struggles.

The novel has been criticized for its inconsistencies with the previous instalment, however. There are a few factual errors between the two, such as the black man that Atticus Finch defends, Tom Robinson, is convicted in To Kill a Mockingbird, yet in a flashback in Watchman, he is acquitted. Small errors such as these can be found throughout the novel, and although they don’t remove from the quality of the novel itself, it does influence its role as a sequel. The two novels become detached and rather than a story about the same characters, we have a story about characters with the same names and similar characteristics.

With that said, the novel is still enjoyable with many ups and downs, humour and heart-break.

Rating: 3/5

 

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