Hi, I am a High School student who has been in America for two years, I have to take a test called SSAT, so I needed to learn a lot of words, and so I bought this book try to remember all words with in a month. And I did. The words are really beautiful. And 75% of the words my classmats didn't know, teachers were surprised when I used some of the words. So this is a good book both for Taking Huge Tests and become a more literate person.
What's so special about this book is it's like the author is talking to you, it is not boring at all, every word has several example sentences, and most of those centences are very funny, deeply involved with literature, current histry or just funny little things.
It also gives the origin of the words, which is cool, but I did not find helpful. I really suggest you to buy it. But of course, no matter how fun it is, it's still a vocab book, so you might get frustrated and bored, and just throw it away. And also, it is very small, put it in your pocket, read it on a bus, when you are waiting, or in the bathroom! :=)