Worst Books You 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

1 Better Off - Eric Brende

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

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

2 The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
3 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

One of the best books I've ever read. Memorable characters, a riveting story, and a great allegory of racism in the deep south. - Spark_Of_Life

Never said how to kill a mockingbird. - TheLegend28

4 Lord of the Flies - William Golding

Loved this book. It's gory, grim, and darkly beautiful. Golding can make a savage murder sound artistic. - Spark_Of_Life

A superb illustration of just how thin the veneer of civilization can be.

5 Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare

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

Why did Romeo amd Juliet get away with killing themselves they should have been put in a mental hospital - Ihateschool

6 The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne
7 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck

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. - Spark_Of_Life

8 The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

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

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9 Macbeth - William Shakespeare

His best play. Dark, gory, and memorable with some of the most evil characters in literature. Tragically short, though. - Spark_Of_Life

10 1984 - George Orwell

I got this for summer homework and it sucks - Ihateschool

The Contenders

11 Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury

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

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

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12 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë

Worst book I read in English this year. Over 500 pages of nothing overly interesting happening coupled with boring 19th century Romance. AND WHAT ARE THE CHANCES OF JANE COLLAPSING ON THE DOORSTEP OF THE ONE HOUSE BELONGING TO HER LONG-LOST COUSINS? - Spark_Of_Life

13 The Catcher in the Rye - J. D. Salinger

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.

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

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? - Spark_Of_Life

14 The Odyssey - Homer

It doesn't matter in 2017 anymore - Ihateschool

15 Animal Farm - George Orwell

This and 1984 should be required reading, as they pull the veil of romantic heroism from the demonic face of socialism/communism.

Oh we are reading this right now. It's garbage - ProPanda

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16 Beowulf (Anonymous)
17 Wuthering Heights - Charlotte Bronte
18 The Sound and the Fury - William Faulkner

Apparently Faulkner himself thought that this book made no sense without being published in 4 different ink colors - NymeriaWaters

19 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
20 Hamlet - William Shakespeare

The only reason I want to read this book is because the lion king is based iff this book - Ihateschool

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