Worst Books You Read in High School English ClassThese 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
Only the last 1/3 of this book is even relevant to the whole plot
One of the greatest books ever written, does not deserve to be on here or #2. What the hell? - truckturner
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
I respect your opinion, but why do you hate all of these classics?
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
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.
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.
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.
No Grade 9 can survive without reading Romeo and Juliet in English class.
I love this book since I am in love with my boyfriend and I am always afraid to lose him - Ihateschool
Never before has a such a great story had two such bland main characters. This should have been about Mercutio. - Spark_Of_Life
Boring as hell - Ihateschool
Most boring book and stupid premise I've ever read. The writing style of Bradbury is awful too.
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
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
I didn't hate it, it just kinda left me cold. - truckturner
This book has so much swearing in it
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.
I like this book - Ihateschool
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.
His best play. Dark, gory, and memorable with some of the most evil characters in literature. Tragically short, though. - Spark_Of_Life
Interesting story and characters. Most boring execution I've ever had to drag myself through.
Dumbest book i’ve read in my life
The morals of this book are meaningful. However, the book itself is actually extremely boring. - Swellow
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.
Not the worst book but it gets boring around the 12th chapter - AlphaQ
The film is worse and more confusing.
Film: 1.5/5 - AlphaQ
I got this for summer homework and it sucks - Ihateschool
A bit tedious and thin, Dracula is better. - truckturner
Maybe you missed the point of both this and "Brave New World." The point is the condemnation of human arrogance, the blind worship of science, rejection of a higher power, the nightmare of totalitarian thought---all dire warnings for our own time.
This book is the reason my grade is tanking in English. This book can burn in Hell.
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
It doesn't matter in 2017 anymore - Ihateschool
What's Homers last name? Plus Homer Simpson is way better - Ihateschool
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
What a gut-wrencher of a book. Can't tell if I liked this or not. - Spark_Of_Life
The only reason I want to read this book is because the lion king is based iff this book - Ihateschool
The short from Veggietales is better - Ihateschool
This doesn't deserve to be on the list, it's a great American novel. The movie is terrific, too. - truckturner
Boring characters. Boring setting. And literally no plot or story. The entire book is just Ethan Frome complaining about how he is too much of a puss to do anything. I guess it does teach a valuable lesson about not being a beta.
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. - Spark_Of_Life
Apparently Faulkner himself thought that this book made no sense without being published in 4 different ink colors - NymeriaWaters
Boring. And why does Artemidorus have a whole scene to himself? He only has 4 lines in the entire play! - Spark_Of_Life