Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger (Book Review)

Title: Catcher in the Rye
Author: J.D Salinger
Rating: 2/5

Honestly, I enjoyed digging into details why this is one of the most loved books in history. Though I have given this a low rating, I still believe on some of the critics and praises about this novel. I have read a few before making this book review because I also wanted to know what others think and their reaction about this as well. Sad to say, I didn’t change my mind and still gave it a rating of 2. (I initially thought I could be enlightened and gave it a higher score).

Here are my favorite lines in the book:

The mask of immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mask of a mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one. (by Wlheim Stekel)

You’re going to have to find out where you want to go and then you’ve got to start going there.

The last ¼ part of the story is the most meaningful for me. The other ¾ didn’t make sense maybe because those were all about some Ramblings of a teenage boy who struggles to fit in an adult world. To tell you honestly, I don’t want to meet Holden Caulfield (the protagonist) or anyone who thinks just like him in the real world. He is conceited, cynic, eavesdropper, doesn’t know how to be grateful about his life and for me, he is the real PHONEY. He had used that word a million times in that book to describe people but on the contrary he is the one who pretends to be somebody that he is not. I really hated how he treats his life, his friends, family (except Phoebe, his younger sister) and how he judges the people.

In one word, I can describe him as “LOST”. He is lonesome, depressed individual who doesn’t know where and when to start a life that he wanted. Many people loved this book because it has tackled most of the teenager’s struggles in finding themselves and what they want, in a “realistic” way without some motherly aura. This mirrors every teenager’s problem of innocence in a deceptive world where they live in. What makes it unique is the author’s way of delivering the meaning of the book without being too dramatic and though it’s really melancholic in nature, it doesn’t seem so because of Holden’s way to escape depression just like teenagers nowadays.

But why only 2/5 (rating)? Because I wouldn’t recommend it to teenagers of Holden’s age (around 16 years old and younger). Because it can create curiosity and there are a lot of swearing and vulgar words used in the novel. And as I said, I really got annoyed with Holden’s personality. (This book gave me a different reading experience.haha! Must have been one sign that Salinger has really captured a reader in a different way)

However, this could be a great topic for discussion and reviews because there is something great behind that “cool” guy that Holden portrays. I may not like it that much but others can enjoy reading it. Sorry for not being a fan.

PS: Many compares Holden with Huck which gave me another light bulb idea. Huck Finn will also be on my book list. Yey! :)) (Let’s go classic! :p)


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