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

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

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?

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

I didn't hate it, it just kinda left me cold. - truckturner

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

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

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. - Spark_Of_Life

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.

Dumbest book i’ve read in my life

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

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.

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

Frankenstein - Mary Shelley Frankenstein - Mary Shelley Product Image

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.

So true.

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.

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 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 - AlphaQ

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

1984 - George Orwell 1984 - George Orwell Product Image

I got this for summer homework and it sucks - Ihateschool

Beowulf (Anonymous) Beowulf (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
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.

Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë Product Image

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

The Odyssey - Homer

It doesn't matter in 2017 anymore - Ihateschool

What's Homers last name? Plus Homer Simpson is way better - Ihateschool

Animal Farm - George Orwell Animal Farm - George Orwell Product Image

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

Hamlet - William Shakespeare Hamlet - William Shakespeare Product Image

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

The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck Product Image

This doesn't deserve to be on the list, it's a great American novel. The movie is terrific, too.

The short from Veggietales is better

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