What are the worst books people have read? Books you thought were terrible (which I know is a subjective matter in many cases. Though not with Catcher in the Rye, that was objectively awful) The Catcher in the Rye, I gave up on halfway through, the lead character was whinier than Sansa from a Song of Ice and Fire and just as unlikeable. I suspect anyone that didn't first read it as a teenager would hate it. And most of the people that did first read it as a teenager.