The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger

the-catcher-in-the-ryeI believe that this book was written by someone who is undergoing a kind of therapy. The book follows a 17 year old protagonist named Holden on his three day journey home from school. It’s reasonably obvious that he’s in fact damaged for whatever reason as his actions are very bizarre and his thoughts are all over the place, going from one idea to another. From calling people up at late hours to sneaking into clubs, the journey of Holden is one that no one can really relate to. A friend of mine said this book was depressing, and I disagree with that statement. It’s not the most cheerful book, but it is exciting in a sense, for it gives the reader a taste of a different world that many are not likely to experience.

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
It receives four stars as it is a reasonably smooth and quick read that I would recommend to many other readers out there. It leaves the reader feeling slightly confused but relieved for the protagonist, as he seems to have finally have worked out his issues. I wouldn’t say it’s inspirational, but it is an eye opener that can be recommended to readers in their late teens or an older audience for a recreational read.

The more expensive a school is, the more crooks it has. (4)
Like is a game one plays according to the rules. (9)
He looked like very, very tired or very, very bored. (110)
…the sun only comes out when it feels like coming out. (168)


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