I only gave this book 3.5 stars, but rounded it up to 4 stars on Goodreads.
Well I definitely liked this one better than I did The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
This first book showcases Tom Sawyer. We find Tom living with his Aunt Polly and his brother Sid and cousin Mary. Twain throughout the book shows us how clever Tom is and also how quick he is to anger and also to make up with those around him when he ends up feeling guilty for things.
The entire arc of Tom Sawyer is showing him growing up from being a little jerk to a stand up young man who even though he is scared does what is necessary to make sure that a guilty party is caught.
The book moved at a very steady pace and I actually enjoyed the dialogue a lot better in this book as well. Reading in the vernacular is tough, and I hate that it takes my brain a while to catch up with what the author is writing and trying to get its characters to say.
The ending was really good and I liked how Twain ended it by stating that this book was a history of a boy and he could not go further talking about Tom since then he would be providing details about what kind of man he would become.
Though I did like the book, it didn't blow me away or anything. Just a perfectly serviceable adventure book.