Usually, I use these Monday posts to send interesting book recommendations to you, readers.
However, this week, I’m using this space to tell you about a book you should avoid at all costs: Silent Spring by Rachel Carson.
When I was a junior in high school, my teacher thought this book would be a good work of non-fiction for my class to read. Initially, I was OK with this because the book is considered a classic.
Nine weeks later, when we were still reading this book, I realize I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Carson’s work extols the perils that come with using DDT, a pesticide that was banned in the 1960s, in part because of the book. The title came about because if we use DDT, the birds will die and it will be a… wait for it… Silent Spring.
But it’s not just the birds that will die. It’s the plants. The trees. The fish. The bugs. The insects. The small animals that feed on those plants. The scavengers that eat the animals that died from DDT.
This book is more than 370 pages that I could sum up in one sentence. DDT is bad and everything will die if we use it.
Spending nine weeks reading this book was absolutely ludicrous. I honestly believe my teacher was feeling lazy and decided to not put a ton of energy into the non-fiction section of our curriculum because it wouldn’t be on the AP test anyway.
I was so glad to be rid of this book and ever since, I’ve warned people against reading it. Seriously, if this book makes it way to you, get away. Donate it, resell it, burn it even. It’s not worth your time.