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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)

(4) Base Camp

Sure, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks is a story about an adolescent girl, but it's not overly fluffy or easy-peasy. Our Frankie is a pretty savvy girl, and so it makes sense that the book would tackle some serious themes—not to mention some serious vocabulary (can anyone say "panopticon"?). It's got big themes and big words, but it's still a relatively easy trek. Grab your dictionary, put your philosophical thinking cap on, and you'll be ready for the road.

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