Teen Reviewed: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Author: Mark Twain
The setting for this story is the South during the 1840s. Huckleberry Finn is a young boy who has grown up mostly on his own in the fictional town of St. Petersburg, Missouri, with only the occasional guidance of his alcoholic father to count on. As a result, he has turned into a self-educated boy who mostly lives by his own rules.
At the end of the prequel to this book, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Huck is taken in by a widow who intends to civilize him. However this changes when his drunk father returns and kidnaps him. Huck runs away down the Mississippi River where he runs into Jim, a runaway slave who is also making his escape by way of the river. They embark on a journey together and have tons of hilarious, action-packed adventures on the way.
This book was assigned to me as a project for my English class. Usually, I absolutely detest reading books for school, but I was able to enjoy this book a lot. Its language is very different from your typical young adult novel, but this was not a barrier for me and I was still able to gain a lot from this book.
I fell in love with the characters very quickly. This book is funny, heartwarming, and introspective on a lot of political and humanitarian issues. Even though much of this was reflective of things specific to the post Civil-War time period, a lot of the main ideas can be applied to modern issues as well. I think that this is what has made it a timeless classic.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves adventures, laughter, or history and isn’t afraid to tackle some interesting language.

–Hannah, 16, Greenwood

GWD

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