My daughter is about halfway through this, for the second time. Do teachers not communicate? This is assigned reading this year, last year it was extra credit reading, in the middle of the year. If it had been towards the end of the year, the book may have been fresh enough in her mind that she may not have had to do another complete read.
It is amazing what one year will do to an opinion on a book. Last year she said she would have given it a 3 and 1/2. This year, she says the writing is boring, and reminds her of something that would have been in the story collection books in fourth grade, only a bit longer.