School’s Out for the Shmooper: This Year on Shmoop

To Kill a Mockingbird maintains its crown as most popular guide on Shmoop, but bestselling novels begin to climb their way to the top.


Another year, another stampede of students and teachers doing their thing on Shmoop. Shmoop, a digital publishing company that makes fresh, engaging resources for students and teachers, reports this school year’s stats:

Shmoop’s take? No matter how many vampires, dystopias, or fancy new exams make their way onto the scene, the classics aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

About Shmoop

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Worst Desert Island Companions

During summer break, we love to fantasize about a getaway to a nice tropical island far away from summer homework, our Shmoop SAT flashcards, and our younger siblings for whom we have to wake up at an ungodly hour to drive to summer camp.  A tropical vacay sounds like a sweet deal, Shmoopers, but depending on the company it could turn sour really fast.  Here’s a list of the people we definitely would not want to be stuck on a desert island with.

1. Jack, Lord of the Flies

We don’t know about you, but we like our guts and want to keep them inside of our bodies.  That means not having spears thrown at us by an English boy wearing face paint.

2. Macbeth, Macbeth

What’s even scarier than getting spears thrown at you by a schoolboy wearing face paint? A storied war hero who believes in some witchy mumbo jumbo and proceeds to hire murderers to assassinate you so he can control the hypothetical island.  Gulp.

3. East Side Greasers, The Outsiders

Too much testosterone, too little square footage.

4. Queen of Hearts, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

Because (1) we don’t know how long we would be willing to play croquet with flamingos for and (2) we don’t want to have to deal with the consequences once we find out.

5. Elwin Lepellier, A Separate Peace

The thought of PTSD-having Leper jumping out at us from the jungle on island with mud all over his face is enough to give us nightmares for weeks…or maybe our own PTSD.

6. Daisy Buchanan, The Great Gatsby

Things we don’t want to deal with:

  • Daisy’s crying

  • Daisy’s inability to make a decision

  • Daisy’s issues with getting her white dresses dirty (and not just in the metaphorical way)

  • Her husband’s rage if we looked at her the wrong way (It was an eyeroll, we swear!)

How about you, Shmoopers? Who’s on your I’d-rather-share-a-tiny-boat-with-a-tiger-and-take-my-chances-than-stay-here-on-this-island list?

Stay tuned for our list of the BEST island companions.