I enjoyed reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. It brings up a lot of issues, including but not limited to society, race, morals decisions, etc. I found myself entirely surprised by some of the “good” people of society acting in terrible ways, while some of the supposedly”bad” people of society acting in genuine ways. It poses the question, do we judge a book by it’s cover? Do we become so consumed in our own preconceived notions? At first, I didn’t care for Sissy or Johnny because of their reputations and bad habits. After having class discussions and learning more about both of them, it made me question “do I judge people too harshly”? I think that if this novel was a summer reading assignment, the students would miss out on that discussion aspect, which as I have illustrated above, leads to important conclusions.