Catcher in the Rye

Catcher in the Rye
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Age Range
14+
Release Date
July 16, 1951
ISBN
0316769177
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Anyone who has read J.D. Salinger's New Yorker stories ? particularly A Perfect Day for Bananafish, Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut, The Laughing Man, and For Esme ? With Love and Squalor, will not be surprised by the fact that his first novel is fully of children. The hero-narrator of THE CATCHER IN THE RYE is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield. Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days. The boy himself is at once too simple and too complex for us to make any final comment about him or his story. Perhaps the safest thing we can say about Holden is that he was born in the world not just strongly attracted to beauty but, almost, hopelessly impaled on it. There are many voices in this novel: children's voices, adult voices,
underground voices-but Holden's voice is the most eloquent of all. Transcending his own vernacular, yet remaining marvelously faithful to it, he issues a perfectly articulated cry of mixed pain and pleasure. However, like most lovers and clowns and poets of the higher orders, he keeps most of the pain to, and for, himself. The pleasure he gives away, or sets aside, with all his heart. It is there for the reader who can handle it to keep.

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Lived up to the hype.
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4.7
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This book may not be for everyone!
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A great "Coming of age" story. Holden is pretty much a lost soul trying to find himself. See him go through ups-and-downs.
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Just another review with the word ‘phony’ in it…

The whole story was nothing like what I expected. Honestly, when I saw the cover, I thought it was going to be about a knight, a prince, or whatever saving a princess because of the horse. Lol, my prediction was way off. So when I read the first chapter, I was like WHAT IS THIS?! Where’s the ONCE UPON A TIME?

Truth is, I don’t know what to write in this review (I’m being honest, don’t call me a PHONY, Holden! haha). All I had in my mind when I was reading it was Holden makes a good point about phony people and all. I admit, I can be a phony sometimes to other people just because the truth hurts and so you just say nice things. Also, when you have a visitor, you have to entertain them even if you’re not in the mood. Does that count as being phony? Let’s look it up.

Phony: (adj) not honest or truthful; deceptive

Everyone’s a phony. If you’re lying then you are a phony, including you Holden! You were thinking about moving to the West and planning out your life that is too good to be true. You were actually thinking on living in a PHONY life yourself! What I am saying is, Holden is choosing a life that’s fake, pretending to be a mute, deaf. How ironic, that he finds people phony while he’s actually thinking about living in a phony life himself (but I guess he was unaware of it). Those are just my thoughts while reading the last couple of chapters.

I really enjoyed the book though. There were helluvalot funny moments! But our guy here said ‘old’ too much! “Old Ackley, old Phoebe, old this old that.”

I feel like I’m being so random in this review, probably because the story’s like that (well, to me it was). For me the story was like: HEY WHAT’S UP, I AM OLD HOLDEN, I HATE PHONIES (BOY IT KILLS ME) AND I’M GOING TO TELL YOU WHAT HAPPENED TO ME BEFORE CHRISTMAS! THE END. It was like a “hi, bye” thing to me.

I felt attached to the main character and I actually felt like I was there, but I wouldn’t read it again (just because I thought it took forever to finish it).
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Reader reviewed by Adrienne

Catcher in the Rye takes place in two days in Holden's confused life.
He's expelled from multiple boarding schools and just got expelled
again. He is expelled for failing several classes because he just
doesn't care anymore. After he is expelled, he doesn't want to go home
to face his parents, so he wanders around NYC trying to find things to
do. He doesn't like the "phonies" in the world and is very pessimistic.
He's also a rich boy who wastes a lot of money trying to entertain
himself which results in a prostitute, a fight, argument with a girl,
and lost money. In my opinion, I don't understand what was the point of
the book. It was pretty decent and not as boring as I thought it would
be. Holden's thoughts and dialogue was pretty funny. Every second he
swears which is kind of funny but annoying. It took a long time to
finish it because it didn't keep me hooked. I recommend and don't
recommend reading this. Also, I can see why this book has been banned
many times because of the language, alcohol and cigarette usage, and
sex talk of teenage boys.


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