The Mysteries of Udolpho, Ann Radcliffe
I probably shouldn't write about this one before I even finish it, but I make the rules around here. I read Seventeenth Summer by Maureen Daly in my Resources for Young Adults class at Iowa. I think it was the first teen romance novel. And it's pretty painful. It's long, way too wordy and has no plot. The Mysteries of Udolpho is a Gothic romance. It's also pretty painful. It's long, way too wordy, but at least there's a plot. I'm on page 398 out of 632 after about six months. It's just not very engaging. Oh, and there's all kinds of flowery poetry thrown into it. I don't have much patience for that, so I skip it.