They're still assigning The Great Gatsby in high school, huh? I think I'm the only person in the United States who hasn't read the book. And I didn't read it because I thought it was boring. But how would I know it was boring if I didn't read it?
You should read Gatsby
, Barry, and I'll give Catch-22
My son's class just finished The Diary of Anne Frank
, and he didn't like it, which seriously disappointed me. Sounds like most of his peers didn't like it, either. I think they are just too immature (ages 13–14), which is rather ironic.
Also, my elder daughter didn't make it through all of Sister Carrie
-- which I had personally recommended to her for for her independent read for AP English -- and just bluffed her way through the presentation.
Oh, well. At least I have copies of both and can enjoy them myself.