We were asked to read this for my senior year in high school, and all I can say is that it's a good thing I went to that high school because "The Picture of Dorian Gray" is an amazing book. I've heard numerous recommendations of this classic novel even before I started reading it for school, but still I was hesitant. I've never finished a book that was required for school.
This novel was shelved under horror, and I have to disagree in a way. There are a lot of books shelved under horror that shouldn't have been. I really didn't find this book scary at all, and there never was a time where I got scared while reading this.
Being shelved as horror aside, this novel was really great. It shows how one man can be poisoned by self desire. We were given around 4 months to read this, but it only took me around a week to finish this despite the numerous requirements bestowed upon a senior high school student. This is something I'd recommend to someone who doubts classic novels in general. I may be part of the minority, but I really loved this novel. This goes to show that even a "normal" teenager can love a classic novel if given the right genre.