We read the novel for my 9th grade English class, and I'm supposed to be writing and essay about it right now, but oh well. It was an amazing book, though many of my classmates disliked it. The characters were impressive and I really liked old Candy. It was good for historical reference and offered a look at the depression.
The shot book got me attached to the characters, and I almost cried at the end, but I was in class.
Overall I'd give it an 9 out of 10