Impulsive decisions. Decisions on the fly without a moments thought of how it will affect my future or those around me. Self-discovery. It was my life growing up into a young adult. Similarly, Scout seems to make similar self-discovery choices encouraged by emotion and flattery from older men.
Although this book isn’t about me and my life growing up, it reminds me of how I was and the emotional decisions I made in my own self-discovery that affected the course of my life. A very easy to read young adult novel, I think Scout’s Honor is an excellent book with three main lessons to be learned about self-discovery.
Lesson 1: Choose thoughtfully
Even at the young age of 14, a young teenager needs to be aware of her surroundings and understand right from wrong. Scout didn’t give her consequences a second thought for the serious action she was taking when approached by a man she knew for years and had her trust. It is very important that decisions be made after careful consideration and as little emotional ties as possible. Emotional self-discovery often occurs in a rush, without a second moment of thought on what may happen next.
For example, there’s a super cute outfit you absolutely adore at a nearby retailer. It’s the perfect color on you and the fabric is so soft! You really can’t wait to wear it for the next ladies night and hope you get loads of compliments. Without hesitation you go to the cash register and charge it.
Lesson 2: Consider others
Whenever we make decisions, it affects others around anyone involved. When Scout made the choice to be intimate with these older men, she did not consider how her actions may affect the wives and families of these men. She never considered if the wives may retaliate, be angry, or honorably be understanding and she didn’t think about how it would affect the relationships between herself and the men after their affair was revealed. Slowly, through life experience, she learns to take a step back and consider other people who are in her life.
In the shopping example, the outfit has already been purchased. But you never gave thought to how you would pay for the bill when it comes or how that money could have been used more wisely, like for groceries to fill your nearly empty pantry. How will not having food affect your family?
Lesson 3: Contemplate the consequences
Throughout her life, young Scout seems to make decisions before thinking through the options and doesn’t stop to contemplate the consequences. At 14 and at 19, Scout doesn’t take even a moment to really consider what the consequences may be for the decisions she would make. Both ocassions encompassed Scout involved with a married man, and a father at that! Yet, she never considered what could happen should the relationships be revealed and how it might affect the family of these men.
In my shopping example, you never considered how payment would be made on that credit card. Finances are already super tight and living off what’s left over after paying bills has been very skimpy, often resulting in many meals of PB&J or cheap ramen noodles. Adding this one purchase actually makes things worse financially. In hindsight, that one purchase was not such a wise choice!
Scout may have taken a while, but she went from naïveté teenager to gullible young adult. And eventually she learned to cope with her past and understand herself better. She gradually figured out how to be honorable to God and herself. Finally, she was able to be truthful to herself about her past, which makes her stronger as an adult.
Scout’s Honor is a young adult fiction novel that brought me through many emotions, from smitten to worried, concerned to compassionate, angry to shocked. A complimentary eBook was provided for an honest review through BooksGoSocial.com.