Book Reviews

Book Review: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Last year, I read and fell in love with the Mark Twain classic, The Adventures of Tom SawyerThough I had read the sequel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in eleventh grade English, I couldn’t remember a great deal about the story. This year, I finally sat down and read Huck Finn again, and today I’ll be reviewing my updated thoughts!

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Highlights:

Huck Finn, Tom Sawyer, and Jim

The characters that stood out to me the most in this novel are the titular character, Huck, his childhood friend Tom Sawyer, and runaway slave/new friend, Jim. These three jumped from the pages in this book, and, in true Twain fashion, kept me laughing throughout. The lies Huck and Tom spin are hard to believe, yet they seem to always hilariously fool everyone. Jim held my sympathy for the entirety of the book, and I rooted for his freedom along with the young boys.

Huck’s Character Arc

The aspect I love most about this book is how the adventures transform Huck from an immature, mischievous boy into someone willing to do whatever it takes to do what’s right through helping Jim seek freedom.

Depiction of the South

Twain always provides a great depiction of what small towns in the South are like and the stops Huck and Jim make along their rafting voyage are no exception.

Lowlights:

The Duke and The King

The chapters that primarily feature the escapades of The Duke and The King dragged on for me. Though they set up an important event in the book, I didn’t find them particularly interesting and couldn’t figure out why Huck and Jim hung out and travelled with them as long as they did.
(Note: It took me forever to reread this, so I may be missing information or can’t remember many details about these two characters).

Styling of Vernacular/Speech

Though I can understand why Twain chose to write in a few different vernaculars to emphasize different accents between characters in the book, the dialogue for some characters was difficult to read due to the way it was written and/or styled. I often had to go back and reread portions of dialogue to decipher what Twain was trying to make the characters say.

Overall, though I didn’t quite enjoy this book as much as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, I recommend this classic Americana read. Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars


Talk to me, Arrowheads!

Have you ever read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments!

Later, Arrowheads,

-Allyson 😀

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Book Review: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

After reading and enjoying Emma and Pride and Prejudice, I bought a copy of Sense and Sensibility to explore another of Austen’s most beloved works. Though I initially picked up my copy in late 2015, I’m embarrassed to say that after a failed attempt to finish the book almost four years ago, I’ve finally made it through, though it still took me about four months to do so.

However, the reason for taking so long to read this romantic classic is no fault of the book, but rather my own attention span. I’ve learned, after taking forever to read each of the three Austen novels under my belt, that I have to be in a certain mood to read them. That being said, I highly enjoyed reading about the romantic escapades of the Dashwood sisters.

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What I Loved

The Characters

Austen had the brilliant ability to create three-dimensional characters and attribute them with characteristics so realistic you think these characters once existed. My favorites were Elinor and Edward, though I also enjoyed Marianne’s hysterics.

The Romances

I related SO MUCH to Elinor in my late teenage years, and someone close to me dealt with escaping from a Willoughby within the past year, so the romance brought on ALL THE FEELS. During their grievances, I ached for both sisters, and fangirled like crazy when, in true Austen fashion, they both finally end up with the men they deserve. ❤

The Plot Twists

Though also in true Austen fashion there was a lot of random rambling, the plot twists in this novel made up for it! Unlike Emma and Pride and Prejudice where I had a feeling early on how the book would end, I was totally surprised by, and absolutely loved, how the events conspired.

Overall, I find Austen’s first published novel to be an enchanting yet drama-filled classic romance that I won’t soon forget. If you’re considering reading Austen’s works for the first time, I would recommend reading this one first, as it’s a great first introduction to her style of writing. Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars.


Talk to me, Arrowheads!

Which Austen novel do you like best? Personally, I think I like Pride and Prejudice best, but Sense and Sensibility is a close second. I look forward to reading more of her works in the future!

Later, Arrowheads,

-Allyson 😀

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Book Review: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

Good afternoon, Arrowheads! Recently, I finally got around to reading the Mark Twain classic, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. I haven’t reviewed a classic here on Authoring Arrowheads before, but a Goodreads friend had said they’d like to hear my thoughts on the novel. So, let’s get started!

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Growing up, I had always heard that The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a classic children’s book. In fifth grade, I picked up the book during free reading time on the last day of school. I didn’t get very far into it that day, but the small portion I read had been luring me back to the novel ever since. At last, thirteen years later, I’ve finally joined Tom on his adventures, and I totally get the hype of one of Twain’s most beloved works.

The plot of the book is just as the title states, surrounding adventures our protagonist–a small-town southern boy named Tom–takes. The adventures are always whimsical and believable for the time period, as I’ve heard similar happenings from stories passed down in my own southern family. The plot also allotted a mystery element which held my interest from the moment it was incited.

Twain perfectly captures the essence of the south both through his choice of language and vivid descriptions. Twain also crafts characters we can root for in Tom and his partner in crime, Huckleberry Finn. Tom’s attempt at courting Becky is adorable beyond words, and it propelled nostalgia for that “first major crush” period of my life.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Twain’s style of writing and plan to read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and explore the remainder of his works. Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars.


That’s it for today, Arrowheads! What classic books do you recommend?

Later Arrowheads,

-Allyson 😀