It depends on who you are. To the ones who can't read well, yes I'm sure it was. To the ones who can read well, it probably wasn't. It also depends on your teacher. Did your teacher go over the book well? If so, then I would have to say no, not really. This is the beginning of my eight-grade year and I'm reading it. I just got done with stave 2 like an hour ago. Some parts are difficult, so to the less advanced, yes I'm sure it is a hard book to read.