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15 Classic Novel Endings We Would Change

If you love reading as much as we do, you’re probably drawn to all of the so-called “classics,” to decide for yourself whether those novels actually live up to all the hype. We read some of them in school, and some we find time to enjoy in our spare time. Usually, there’s something good about all these classics that makes their notoriety worthwhile, but there are a handful of otherwise notable novels that have just REALLY disappointing endings. There’s nothing more frustrating that spending a dozen hours reading classic literature only to find that the last chapter leaves a lot of loose ends and gives you basically no closure whatsoever, or even worse, an ending that just doesn’t live up to the majority of the story. Here are fifteen classic novels both old and modern with endings that we would change if we could!