Huckleberry Finn. This well-known novel may appear on several language arts syllabus for school, but that does not mean that reading it has to be a bad experience. As with most books I read purely for educational value, I approached this classic novel by Mark Twain with a sense of foreboding. My immediate thought was that it would be a long, tedious read. Gladly, I was proven wrong.
Though the writing is somewhat dense, filled with run on sentences and Southern vernacular of the early American age, I enjoyed the story that was being woven. I plunged into the story, journeying down the Mississippi river on a raft with Huck Finn and an escaped slave for company. The two encounter trouble on the banks of the river, leaving the reader waiting with bated breath to see whether they will both continue their voyage alive. Despite several parts where the plot tends to drag on, this is a well-written classic for a reason. Mark Twain uses the vocabulary of a teenage boy to tell his story, adding to the overwhelming sense of reality experienced in the novel. If this is required reading for school, or simply a challenge for fun, it is easy to get swept up in the witty schemes and riverside adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
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Review written by Emma, 15, teen volunteer