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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
1.1953.8Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
1.1783.53The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
1.1463.89Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
1.0922.32Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession by Julie Powell
1.0793.78New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
1.073.57Peony in Love by Lisa See
1.0523.92Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
1.0443.83She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb
1.0333.42The 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
1.0153.75Lord of the Flies by William Golding
1.013.98The Host by Stephenie Meyer
1.0073.72The 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
0.9853.64Tara Road by Maeve Binchy
0.9763.72Pet Sematary by Stephen King
0.9623.67A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews
0.9594.15The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
0.9554.03My Sister's Keeper 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
0.9313.65Scarlet Feather by Maeve Binchy
0.9213.57The Copper Beech by Maeve Binchy
0.9083.39While I Was Gone by Sue Miller
0.9023.98The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
0.9013.68The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory
0.8974.01Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
0.8953.87Under the Dome by Stephen King
0.8914.12Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
0.8863.74The Queen's Fool by Philippa Gregory
0.8853.73The Glass Lake by Maeve Binchy
0.8833.58The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
0.884.18Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver
0.884.08The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom by Slavomir Rawicz
0.8794.22The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
0.8783.77The Other Hand by Chris Cleave
0.8783.79Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones
0.8744.08The Cider House Rules by John Irving
0.8744.09Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
0.874.02The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
0.8674.09The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
0.8593.83Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy
0.8594.03Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
0.8584.22The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
0.8493.83The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory
0.8483.96Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
0.8463.97Different Seasons by Stephen King
0.8454.35The Stand: The Complete and Uncut Edition by Stephen King
0.8363.76The Flying Troutmans by Miriam Toews
0.8073.82Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
0.8064.16The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
0.7844.14The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
0.7794.13The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson
0.7734.24Still Alice by Lisa Genova
0.7684.04Skeletons on the Zahara: A True Story of Survival by Dean King
0.7124.29Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
0.6864.3Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall
0.6814.35Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill
0.6774.25Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
0.6624.4The Help by Kathryn Stockett
0.6474.4The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
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