book review

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Goodreads synopsis: Since his debut in 1951 as The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield has been synonymous with “cynical adolescent.” Holden narrates the story of a couple of days in his sixteen-year-old life, just after he’s been expelled from prep school, in a slang that sounds edgy even today and keeps this novel on banned book lists. It begins,

“If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth. In the first place, that stuff bores me, and in the second place, my parents would have about two hemorrhages apiece if I told anything pretty personal about them.”

His constant wry observations about what he encounters, from teachers to phonies (the two of course are not mutually exclusive) capture the essence of the eternal teenage experience of alienation.

My Rating: tumblr_inline_nbptkqcHQS1qdokuq

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I feel like I missed something because this is a classic that a lot of people really seem to love. A few of my friends have told me it’s probably because I’m not intelligent enough to understand Holden’s thought process… Haha… *whispers* jerks.

Holden is beyond annoying. He’s a privileged pretentious male, and now I know where John Green gets his inspiration from. Holden is one of the most annoying, whiny, and just plain awful characters I’ve ever read about.

Cursing doesn’t bother me, but “goddamn” was WAY overused. After a while I started to grit my teeth and roll my eyes. I may have considered lighting my copy on fire more than once.

Although it was easy to read, and there are lots of good quotes, I gave up and listened to the audiobook midway. I probably would have never finished it had I kept reading because it’s just so boring and depressing.

Maybe there is something I missed? I will look up SparkNotes. Until then…

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One thought on “The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

  1. Although I quite liked the book, I did find Holden’s character insufferable in the middle of the book. I understand that this book was quite shocking when it was written, but I have read better works about similar issues. I feel like most people like these kinds of classics because they truly enjoy it.

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