My last read was East of Eden by John Steinbeck
I wasn’t sure what to think of the characters for most of the book – they were intriguing, but not quite like people I have met.
But I ended up loving the book because it turns out most of the character development was really just background for you (the reader) to understand all the influences on a boy’s life, Caleb. Then you could see the crossroads he was at in fighting his internal demons.
I can definitely see why it was a classic.