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Controversial Books

This page shows your 100 most controversial books, as measured by the standard deviation of members star ratings. (This is also the source of the Zeitgeist category "25 Books People Can't Agree on.") To be included, a book must have been rated at least 20 times. Work titles are given.

Standard
Deviation
RatingTitle
1.1953.78Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
1.1783.53The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
1.1463.86Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
1.0922.37Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession by Julie Powell
1.0793.75New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
1.073.57Peony in Love by Lisa See
1.0523.89Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
1.0443.83She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb
1.0333.43The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King
1.0323.74The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
1.0163.47Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen by Julie Powell
1.0153.74Lord of the Flies by William Golding
1.013.97The Host by Stephenie Meyer
1.0073.71The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
0.9953.46The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
0.9933.8The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb
0.9853.65Tara Road by Maeve Binchy
0.9763.72Pet Sematary by Stephen King
0.9623.65A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews
0.9594.14The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
0.9554.02My Sister's Keeper: A Novel by Jodi Picoult
0.9543.72Light a Penny Candle by Maeve Binchy
0.9524.08It by Stephen King
0.9454.06The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
0.9423.91The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
0.9423.34The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve
0.9313.66Scarlet Feather by Maeve Binchy
0.9213.58The Copper Beech by Maeve Binchy
0.9083.4While I Was Gone by Sue Miller
0.9023.98The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
0.9013.69The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory
0.8974.01Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
0.8953.86Under the Dome: A Novel by Stephen King
0.8914.11Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
0.8863.73The Queen's Fool by Philippa Gregory
0.8853.73The Glass Lake by Maeve Binchy
0.8833.58The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
0.884.16Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver
0.884.05The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom by Slavomir Rawicz
0.8794.2The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
0.8783.77Little Bee by Chris Cleave
0.8783.8Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones
0.8744.08The Cider House Rules by John Irving
0.8744.08Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
0.874.02The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
0.8674.08The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
0.8593.82Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy
0.8594.03Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel by Lisa See
0.8584.21The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
0.8493.84The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory
0.8483.96Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
0.8463.97Different Seasons by Stephen King
0.8454.34The Stand: The Complete and Uncut Edition by Stephen King
0.8363.74The Flying Troutmans by Miriam Toews
0.8073.81Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
0.8064.15The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
0.7844.13The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
0.7794.13The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson
0.7734.23Still Alice by Lisa Genova
0.7684.03Skeletons on the Zahara: A True Story of Survival by Dean King
0.7124.28Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
0.6864.29Born to run: the hidden tribe, the ultra-runners and the greatest race the world has never seen by Christopher McDougall
0.6814.33Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill
0.6774.22Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins
0.6624.39The Help by Kathryn Stockett
0.6474.38The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
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