I think this has a lot to do with the author of the book you're reading. Words have the power to make you laugh or cry or anything in between. But sometimes, words are just words too. It depends largely on how they are written and how the story is told.
Yes, just, yes. It's evil. It's truly evil. How does school manage to make learning so terrible. I used to love learning, learning was great. Now I can't miss a single day without falling behind and freaking out. Plus, I also seem to miss the worst days.