When I was first assigned to read this book I had already heard from a lot of people that it was a book that I will never forget. And when I finished it I realized what they were talking about.
I would like to start by saying that the strongest point of the book is the powerful message that it carries which comes in various forms as the book touched various topics that concerned out society at that time. I thought the book was quite easy to read and understandable. It sure seemed like a kids story but the message behind it is obviously of great importance and very historic. I thought it was a daring book to bring light upon such delicate issues that out society were just showing a blind eye to at that time. the author does a great job at bringing children into play in the book and showcases their innocence and curisotity as they try to familiarize themselves with the strange circumstances under which their neighbor is raised and how he is treated, considering the society considered him to be mentally challenged and therefore the idea at that time was to keep them away from the rest of the society. I think it is a delicate topic that is not often talked about and I thought it was ingenious how the author wrapped it up and made a book that is beloved by the teenagers now.
Simultaneously. the book touches on the topic of racism and how strongly people opposed the idea of mixing the races or one defending the other. On this area the book springs a sense of powerfulness and hope towards the creation of an all inclusive society where color and age and origin does not matter and does not defy people for who they are.
Overall, I think it is a masterpiece that deserves to be read by each and every person so that they can get a glimpse of what our society used to be like and educate themselves about the future of our society