There are two I can think of and one I loved when I read it the first time.
Old Man and the Sea – UGH just major UGH. I had to read it for school and barely made it through I was SOOOOOO bored! I disliked it so much that several years ago when a young adult novel Young Man and the Sea was put on our state school library association award nominee list I could barely bring myself to check it out for the mere title similarity. The plot was similar too but a much easier read.
The Catcher in the Rye – (I’m ducking now) So many people love this book, I did too when I read it in high school. I could identify with Holden. About ten years ago I decided to reread some of my favorite books from my high school English classes. Some of them held up well and I liked them still. Not so with Catcher. Maybe it was because I am now a teacher, maybe it was the years of teaching middle schoolers, but Holden made me crazy. I wanted to to haul him out of the book, scream at him and knock some sense into him. I got halfway through the book and quit. I simply could not finish it.
I actually haven’t read Old Man and the Sea, but I have read other Hemingway books and hated them. I know he’s supposed to be important, but just ugh!! I may get the evil after saying this, but I’ve read two books by David Seders and really didn’t like them. Each time he has a new book that comes out, or every time he comes into town on one of his many speaking tours, I shake my head. I just don’t understand his popularity.