I remember the summer between eighth and ninth grade, I was assigned Native Son by Richard Wright (is this correct?). It was the most awful assignment ever because it described an extremely graphic murder. Now I know someone going into 9th grade who is reading Great Expectations and Fast Food Nation for her summer books. I would have loved to read a book like the latter when I was her age, but I had to read that... other... book. (I also read some of Great Expectations on my own, I remember.) What are some of the worst books that can be assigned for summer reading assignments? And then on the other hand, the best?