Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger


Title: Catcher in the Rye
Series: N/A
Author: J.D. Salinger
Genre: Classic Literature
Release Date: 1951
Format Read: Paperback
Pages: 277


“Back of Book” Summary:

Ever since it was first published in 1951, this novel has been the coming-of-age story against which all others are judged. Read and cherished by generations, the story of Holden Caulfield is one of America’s literary treasures. The Catcher in the Rye is a timeless tale of a teenager struggling with society and himself. Holden Caulfield is a teenager who hates his own life. He believes that every single person in the world is phony. One day, he was kicked out of school – again. His life changes when he decides to go to New York for three days.

My Review:

Being that this is an American classic, I had high expectations for this book. It let me down. I thought the story was rather boring, and almost predictable.  I can see why the book is considered to be controversial, especially when read in high school literature classes. There is a lot of profanity, underage drinking, teenage rebellion (like skipping school and failing classes), and the lead character solicits a prostitute. Besides the controversy of this young character, the story isn’t very exciting. In the end, the real lesson is that the feeling of alienation among teenagers is common and doesn’t last forever. Some people think this book is really philosophical. I think the main character is more judgmental than actually philosophical. Calling a spade a spade doesn’t make you an intellectual. I see the main character Holden Caulfield as more of a whiny brat who doesn’t appreciate the education his father is paying for him to have. There is nothing spectacular about him at all. This book was nothing like I expected. I would never recommend this.


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