Review: Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine


In Caitlin’s world, everything is black or white. Things are good or bad. Anything in between is confusing. That’s the stuff Caitlin’s older brother, Devon, has always explained. But now Devon’s dead and Dad is no help at all. Caitlin wants to get over it, but as an eleven-year-old girl with Asperger’s, she doesn’t know how. When she reads the definition of closure, she realizes that is what she needs. In her search for it, Caitlin discovers that not everything is black and white—the world is full of colors—messy and beautiful.

Kathryn Erskine has written a must-read gem, one of the most moving novels of the year.

Mockingbird is told through the eyes of 11 year old Caitlin. Caitlin’s mother died years ago and her older brother was recently shot. Caitlin has Asperger’s, as a result she takes everything literally and has a hard time understanding people’s motives and emotions. Dealing with the death of her brother is difficult for her.

This story has a great message about friendship, loss, judging others and the way we treat those who are different.

Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine is a well written tale of a girl with Asperger’s Syndrome. Since one of my children exhibits mild Asperger’s like tendencies, I really benefited from reading this book.

I would recommend this book to anyone in the mood for a touching story and to those who know someone who is autistic or has Asperger’s. There are a few reference to the book To Kill a Mockingbird which is on my to read list but is a book I’ve not read.

Content: Clean

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Source: I won this book in a giveaway