It was a balance in my school. You got Shakespeare (which I never regretted by the way), but you also got The Outsiders and A Kestral for a Knave.
I also found A Separate Peace easier to relate to and I loved Lord of the Flies. There were also options (though not in my school) for Left Hand of Darkness.
But I do think others struggled and I definitely don't think any of the curricula over the years actually promoted a love of reading. The slightly heavier mix of the "classics", the focus on studying the book rather than enjoying it and the essays (especially exam essays) made the whole process a chore rather than a delight.