Okay, so in all honestly I HAD to read Treasure Island for my children’s lit class, but I’m including it because it took me a good long time, and I had to read the whole thing and not just parts. I don’t know that much needs to be said about the story, as most everyone knows it’s about pirates and treasure. It’s also a great coming-of-age story, as Jim Hawkins leaves his mother and boyhood behind for adventure and heroism. The characters in this book are complex. The people who are supposed to be the “good guys” (i.e. the educated, religious upper-class) aren’t always very smart or honorable. And the worst pirate of them all is the one who understands Jim best.