Hey all, planning a set of blog posts around books people were forced to read in high school that they hated. So I'm looking for input here as to the books you read in high school that you hated.
For me, it was probably the Red Badge of Courage. I just didn't get the book at the time, and thought it was ridiculously short.
In high school, I loathed Lord of the Flies and A Separate Peace (still do, for that matter). I hated them so much my teacher actually allowed me to write on another book just so she wouldn't have to read my "I hate this" comments. I absolutely loved Crime and Punishment, As I Lay Dying, and Heart of Darkness, on the other hand, so I must have been a pretty strange teen, lol! I also remember Agee's A Death in the Family making a huge positive impression on me.
Other books whose appeal I just don't get include anything by Thomas Hardy and George Eliot.
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
Ok, this isn't high school but eighth grade. I was forced to read THE HOBBIT. I hated the class and had a really hard time that year as I was the targed girl that the mean girls picked on. Needless to say to this day even seeing that book or any other Tolkien books brings up bad memories.
In high school, I hated reading Things Fall Apart and anything by Mark Twain. I also hated reading Moby Dick, but found it fascinating while working on my MA. Maybe I should give Things Fall Apart another chance.