Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
Caitlin is a young girl living with Asperger’s, a disease that causes her to practically live in her own world and makes social interaction difficult. Before, her older brother Devon would help her understand how to make do, but now he is dead, shot down at his own school. Caitlin narrates as she and her grief-stricken father try to find closure for themselves and the whole community.
What I Thought of Mockingbird
I found this book very interesting and meaningful. Going inside of Caitlin’s head explains a lot of her seemingly odd behavior. Her actions make much more sense when you can understand what she is thinking. Similar to Wonder, Mockingbird is not for people who love action. I would recommend this to teen girls. In my opinion, I would rate this 5 out of 5 stars.
One memorable scene in this book is when Caitlin is crying about Devon and felt bad about how he couldn’t even live long enough to finish his Boy Scout’s chest, and then realized that she had just felt empathy. This had been a big goal of hers throughout the book. I found this to be a big breakthrough for her and liked how it involved her brother in a meaningful way.