Worst Books You Had to Read in High School English Class

These are the pieces of "classic" literature that your sadistic high school English teacher forced you to read and write reports about, take tests on, and discuss in circles. I actually don't hate a majority of these books (I even love a few of them), but I just added a bunch I knew people read and didn't like. Presented in no particular order.

The Top Ten

To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee Product Image

Only the last 1/3 of this book is even relevant to the whole plot

Never said how to kill a mockingbird.

The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald Product Image

Most Boring piece of trash ever written. A story about people who have no life and no one cares about them. Should have just wrote a sentence like this. Some people in life are shallow and useless. The End

fell asleep when it was read in class and faked it to pass the course

Better Off - Eric Brende Better Off - Eric Brende Product Image

Worst book I've ever read. Period. See my entry in "Worst Books of All Time" about it for my full review.

More like "Better ON". I actually doubt the Amish community would like this snob's book.

Lord of the Flies - William Golding Lord of the Flies - William Golding Product Image

I thought it would be good as I believed and still do believe what Golding was saying about human behaviour, but, my god, it was boring! Essentially my entire class thought it was boring and hated it.

Honestly, I love the idea, plot, characters and the symbolism/allegory. But the writing and ending was horrible. The author took to much time to explain details send at the end I still couldn’t picture it and the one time I wanted details was the ending and it didn’t have any.

I cannot stand this book. It’s incredibly boring and hard to understand. It has a theme that humans are best completely separated from nature, which just isn’t true. This book may of been decent at the time, but this book best just stay at the time it’s from.

Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare Product Image

Never before has a such a great story had two such bland main characters. This should have been about Mercutio.

No Grade 9 can survive without reading Romeo and Juliet in English class.

The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne Product Image
The Catcher in the Rye - J. D. Salinger The Catcher in the Rye - J. D. Salinger Product Image

Why would high school teachers try to make their students even more uncaring useless people by making them read this book about a useless uncaring person? I thought teachers were supposed to inspire you to greatness, not teach you to be an ass.

A travesty of literature that has no place in courses at the middle- or high-school level. It championed libertinism and the rejection of the beliefs and mores of the established order, as proximately represented by parents. Think of it as Anarchy 101.

Why is this a classic? Who wants to read 350 pages about a whiny, entitled, unlikeable rich teenager who might be the biggest douche in literature history?

This book intentionally has no plot. Who would ever want to read that.

Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury Product Image

Most boring book and stupid premise I've ever read. The writing style of Bradbury is awful too.

Good but there's something that I can't quite put my finger on about this book that makes it kind of unlikeable.

It could've been a good book, but it was too anti-technology in my opinion.

Boring as hell

Great Expectations - Charles Dickens Great Expectations - Charles Dickens Product Image

Interesting story and characters. Most boring execution I've ever had to drag myself through.

The morals of this book are meaningful. However, the book itself is actually extremely boring.

Dumbest book I’ve read in my life

low expectations

Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck Product Image

This is the black widow of literature. It takes your heart and attaches it to Lenny, only for it to KILL ANY GOOD FEELINGS YOU HAVE BY HAVING GEORGE, HIS BEST FRIEND, SHOOT HIM. But still, what a great book.

The Contenders

Macbeth - William Shakespeare Macbeth - William Shakespeare Product Image

People in my school's drama club claim it's so bad that saying it on production night will curse the play and kill the cast members.

Frankenstein - Mary Shelley Frankenstein - Mary Shelley Product Image

A bit tedious and thin, Dracula is better.

Into the Wild - Jon Krakauer Into the Wild - Jon Krakauer Product Image

Great, tragic story about a misunderstood young man who just wanted acceptance in nature. John Krakauer telling pointless personal tales of trekking into the wilderness and endless paragraphs repeating the same info over and over? Not so great.

Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad Product Image

This is my #1 most hated book. Mainly because Conrad’s style is so hard to read and the premise also sounds boring, which makes it harder to read.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey Product Image

Thanks to books like this crazy people now live under freeway bridges instead of in hospitals. Thanks :"Progressive" writer!

I read it and don't remember a single thing

The Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka The Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka Product Image

The phrase What was invented after the first person read this book. If you feel alienated then do something about it. Kafta says, No just lay in bed and endlessly whine about it. What?

This book is the reason my grade is tanking in English. This book can burn in Hell.

East of Eden - John Steinbeck East of Eden - John Steinbeck Product Image

I hate other peoples relationships. why do people care enough to write 8,000 page books about them?

The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde Product Image

the importance of not reading this book

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Product Image

Not the worst book but it gets boring around the 12th chapter

The film is worse and more confusing.
Book: 2.5/5
Film: 1.5/5

1984 - George Orwell 1984 - George Orwell Product Image

I got this for summer homework and it sucks

Beowulf (Anonymous) Beowulf (Anonymous) Product Image
Go Ask Alice - Anonymous Go Ask Alice - Anonymous Product Image
How to Read Literature Like a Professor - Thomas C. Foster How to Read Literature Like a Professor - Thomas C. Foster Product Image
Waiting for Godot - Samuel Beckett Waiting for Godot - Samuel Beckett Product Image
Death of a Salesman - Arthur Miller Death of a Salesman - Arthur Miller Product Image

My Life sucks so I will do nothing about it The end.

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