Both novels are coming of age stories that involve the maturation of the major characters - Jem and Scout and Amir. Both novels are narrated in the first person by the main character of the story. Both novels involve family relationships. Both novels have a father as a main character (although Atticus and Baba are quite different). Both novels involve characters who learn important lessons about life and themselves and both novels have local color. In To Kill a Mockingbird, the local color involves a small town in the southern United States and in The Kite Runner, the local color involves Afghanistan and later, California.