OK grownups, it's your turn.
Life Of Pi: Boy floats around on a raft for 300 pages. Big deal. Didn't really believe in itself as a story.
Veronica Decides To Die: A wonderful, touching and evocative novel.
The Stone Diaries: A bunch of feminist claptrap. Woman's life is ruined because her gardening column gets cancelled. Boo hoo.
Bonfire Of The Vanities: Steller novel. Wolfe really has this way of capturing the times he's writing about.
Fear And Loathing In Los Vegas: Classic true story. Gives you a lot to think about.
"We were halfway to Barstow when I first saw the giant bats."
Need I say more?
The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodey: Really shows how manipulative some people can be.
How It Is by Samuel Beckett: A real trip. Also has a good theme. If someone hurts someone else, it ends up affecting all of society.