Book Review: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger


Genre: Fiction
Ages: 15+
Rating: 8/10

     I picked up a copy of this book having absolutely no idea what it was about, but I feel like that made me appreciate it all the more. Salinger's humorously satirical style, while sometimes a bit crude, was both memorable and surprisingly relatable. I'm positive that any reader, whether young or old, has experienced the kind of disillusionment that main character Holden Caulfield touches upon throughout the story. My favorite part of this novel though was the underlying social commentary, which highlighted the lack of empathy and honesty that can be seen throughout society, and how these shortcomings often result in mental and emotional damage to those most in need of love and support (in this case, scarred adolescents). While I'll admit, the blunt manner in which the narrator speaks is not for everyone, I still would recommend picking up a copy if you're looking for an entertaining summer read. I can certainly say that this novel has worked its way onto the list of my all-time favorites, and I am so thankful to have read it.

Upon hearing that he is being kicked out of his prestigious boarding school right before Christmas Break, young Holden Caulfield decides to take on a solo adventure in New York City. While there, he interacts with a variety of characters, some of whom bring out the very worst, but also the very best, in him. Along the way, Caulfield reminisces on the past, while also contemplating on where he is headed.

Memorable Quote:
"When you're dead, they really fix you up. I hope to hell when I do die somebody has sense enough to just dump me in the river or something. Anything except sticking me in a goddam cemetery. People coming and putting a bunch of flowers on your stomach on Sunday, and all that crap. Who wants flowers when you're dead? Nobody."

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