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Of course, this depends a lot on what you mean by good to read. I really loved reading the book when I was younger. I read it when I was in my early teens and it was great. If you are really a college senior, it's probably a little "young" for you, but for young teens, it's great.
To me, what was really great about it is that it was really exciting. Mowgli was always getting into various kinds of trouble and needing to get out of those problems -- for example when a whole pack of dholes were after him.
In addition, he was very much what I wanted to be when I was a young teen. He was very self-sufficient and brave and I wanted to be like that.
I did not want to read the book when I first had to, but after I read it I found out that I had really enjoyed it and learned a lot from it. To this day I have the characters in my mind every now and then and I never look t hotdogs the same either.
Whether a book is a good book depends on a person's takes i literature. I liked the book, but someone else may not. The book is about a family that immigrated to America only to be cheated by the owners of the house they buy, the meat they purchase and their lives become a nightmare. It is also about what extremes the immigrants had to go through.
The personal perception issue is a critical one here. I think that you can find an equal number that like a book and a proportional number that don't. One of the most telling aspects of strong readers is how they judge what books they think will be interesting to read. I think that you might be able to duplicate these same habits. Prereading before you start reading, randomly selecting pages and observing them, maybe even reading them, and studying if there is an internal flap of writing or a back cover can help you obtain a read if this is something you might want to read. In the end, the answer to this question is going to be something for you and you alone.
Mowgli is an entertaining character, the book is better than the film.
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