The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a classic that everyone should read, the story is so ingrained in pop culture that everyone kind of knows the story. This is what I knew before I read it : There was a treasure, Injun Joe murder and grave robbing, Huck Finn and adventures, the love interest of Becky Thatcher, and conning kids to whitewash the fence. That’s all in there but upon actually reading it I discovered a lot more. Like the Becky Thatcher and Tom Sawyer relationship is a rocky one with a lot of starts and stops, the tick scene is all about the civil war, What happened to Injun Joe in the cave.

It’s hard to believe the book was written over 150 years ago.

The pranks are still great, The whitewashing of the fence is a classic, I for got about the playing dead prank and the dead rat and cat on a string.  Tom Sawyer would have been a welcomed cast member to MTV’s Jackass.

I was inspired to read this one because it on PBS’s Great American Novel, and I never have read it.

Is this novel perfect? No, there’s actually a whole chapter I would have thrown out, Chapter 21 I’m talking to you, it’s not bad just serves no story purpose. This novel did remind me of being a kid, with a head full of imagination. I think the book works for children and adults, but the themes are different. I think it tells kids to take risk and seize the day, it tells adults to get back to the days where you were honest with yourself.

I would recommend everyone too read this book it is wonderful and fun, full of themes that are even better when you analyze the text. I give this book a 4.7 out five stars.


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