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by Mary Shelley

Analysis: Tough-o-Meter

We've got your back. With the Tough-O-Meter, you'll know whether to bring extra layers or Swiss army knives as you summit the literary mountain. (10 = Toughest)

(6) Tree Line

One the one hand, Frankenstein is short. As far as nineteenth-century literature goes, it's the equivalent of a 30-second clip on YouTube. But we wouldn't lie to you: it's not exactly easy reading. Take the very first line:

You will rejoice to hear that no disaster has accompanied the commencement of an enterprise which you have regarded with such evil forebodings. (Letter 1.1)

That's quite a way to tell your sister not to worry, right? But once you get past the occasional (okay, frequent) $10 words and complex sentence structure, we promise that you'll find plenty to keep you turning the pages. Plus, if you keep a dictionary handy, you should see that SAT score shoot right up.

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