I read this book when I was in the 8th grade for fun and at the time I completely resonated with Holden because of how he encapsulated teenage angst, self-consciousness, and anxiety so perfectly. This book is to be read in one's youth because that is the one and only time when you can really relate to Holden, even if he is pretty selfish and does things that are pretty irresponsible and reckless, but that is what growing up is all about. Not all teenagers grow up with a complete understanding of how the world works and I don't think neither do adults these days either. Definitely the type of novel that one goes out to read on their own and not forced to do so like in school (although I read it in the 10th grade for school and I loved every moment). So read it or don't read it, it's your call.
Not impressed....I waited until the age of 63 to read this book (retirement...trying to fulfill my bucket list / reading list. I read it in two sittings and kept waiting for that spice that would have this book banned so many years ago. Never got it.
the story of a young cynic deified. well, i defy the popularity of it. who did this kid think he was, jack nicholson? i refer you to the film, HEATHERS, if what you so desire is that imitation.
I wish Holden Caulfield was real and could be mu boyfriend because I love him and this book to the ends of this world you could accumulate all the love for novels that every single person in this world has and it still would not compare to how much I love this book.
The verité of Salinger’s dialogue surpasses the best in Lewis’ Babbitt, Fitzgerald’s Gatsby and in anything else I’ve read... even Hemmingway. No wonder teens loved it. No wonder adults wanted it banned. Holden Caulfield’s world view is of a phony society, full of phony people with phony values. I counted the word phony; it appears 48 times in the 234 page novel.
To read Catcher in the Rye is to travel with, listen to and get to know and become friends with Salinger’s protagonist. I’ve read Catcher several times; the first at age 16... Holden Caulfield’s age. I loved it then but didn’t know why. At 21, I loved it, responding to the alienated youth theme. Later, I loved it, finding beauty in the dialogue. At 55, I loved it, reading Catcher and weeping; really, I wept, feeling the boy’s pain. He was disappointed by a much admired older brother, a writer, who “prostituted” himself by working as a Hollywood screen writer. He was abandoned by a younger brother whom he truly loved when leukemia stole the boy away. As he planned to run off to a cabin in the woods, he faced the loss of his baby sister for whom he cared deeply. In 2017, I saw humor in the story and loved it still.
This is magnificent writing. Catcher in the Rye is a must read.
I finally read Sallinger's "Cather in the Rye". Even though I enjoyed reading it to know what would happen to Holden, I felt so sorry for him. I am not an expert but he is suffering from the loss of his brother. He keeps remembering him and keeps crying about "nothing". He does not seem to concentrate on his study or almost anything as he is grieving secrectly about his brother. At least, he has his sister Pheobe to talk to openly. Otherwise, he escapes his missery by lying about everything. Interestingly, you want to know more about him as you read it. Referencing "Great Gatsby", as Old Sport, just killed me.
I enjoyed the "voice" of this classic novel but prefer something with a plot. This is not a book I would recommend simply for that reason.
This is my all time favorite book! Holden may be depressing, and misunderstood, but I connected to him, and by the time I finished with the book I wanted to read it again. I think I have finished it 5 times, and each time you get something different form it.
This story should be read every ten or twenty years. The first time I read it, I found young Holden to be annoying as hell. But I have grown to adore him because his observations are accurate: people are phony as hell which makes it extremely difficult for kids to find people to trust; the vast majority of humanity is ignorant and uncaring to the suffering of others, and the issue has only gotten worse. Apathy by adults to the very real concerns and problems of young people makes them feel powerless and invisible. Caulfield had every right to feel angry and disillusioned; the world is a dangerous place, especially if you are born female.
Salinger's writing is perfect: he captured the voice of an angry, confused, inquisitive, intelligent, caring young man who sees education for what it truly is: a means of erasing individuality and logical thought in order to create obedient, unquestioning worker bees.
Don’t read this book. It is 277 pages of cynicism told by an adolescent who thinks they know everything, and if one were to describe this novel in one word, that word would be ‘bothersome’. There is nothing likeable or remotely noteworthy about Holden, the main character, and he thinks everyone around him is a phony and a moron – it is painful to listen to his whiny, self-important train of thought. If you identify with the protagonist Holden, you may enjoy this book, but if you’re not a miserable, whiny person who never takes charge to change what they are miserable and whiny about, this book just feels like an adult whining about how they never rid themselves of their teenage angst. It’s a whiny book.
- @FalcoLombardi of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
I have found The Catcher in the Rye to be a very polarizing book; you either love it or you hate it. After reading the novel for myself, I have to say I understand both sides of the argument, but after a close analysis of this book I would have to say I enjoyed the novel and would like to address a few of the main points in which people argue against it. First, Holden is an unlikeable brat: this is undoubtedly true, Holden isn’t a likeable protagonist. However, that in itself aids the purpose of the book. Holden is upset, he doesn’t feel right and he doesn’t know why (multiple valid reasons are presented in the book as to why he isn’t ok) so he takes it out on the world. He’s still a child who’s being forced into a man’s world but he despises what society has decided what a man is. Second, Holden doesn’t develop as a character and nothing really happens in the story; again, that’s the point. Holden is in need of help and never receives it and this is what makes his story somewhat tragic. Finally, the most common argument against the book: I don’t get it. This may sound mean but that’s because you are not the target audience for this novel. You’re likely an older, more mature reader who has comes to terms with the way the world is and there’s nothing wrong with that. However, The Catcher in the Rye was written for the impossible idealist, an immature and miserable concept. The individual doesn’t have the power to change the world, especially when the world seems like it’s against you, and that is what Holden has trouble coming to terms with. The book is meant for people who, for a lack of a better term, haven’t been broken in by the world yet. If you are young or still young at heart, give the book a try and make of it what you will. If you are an older or more mature reader I would suggest that you should pass on this book. 4/5 Stars
- @Fulton of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
A NYC teen recently expelled from his school gets into a fight with his dormmate for sleeping with his childhood crush, and decides to have a wild night out. He then calls an old friend, but soon things turn sour, he visits his younger sister, and eventually stays the night at his English teacher's house. This adolescent angst filled book relates to many young readers and is full of some controversial topics, and widely considered entertaining.
- @Florence of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
If you have to read a classic, read this one. Its short and the story develops quickly.
This is a really great coming of age novel for teenagers or young adults looking for an emotional book.
There is a reason why Salinger's "The Cather in the Rye" is on any must read list. Amazing story.
Terrible writing and completely uneventful (not sure how it could ever be considered a classic)
My hatred for this book is inexpressible. This book does not get 1 star in my head, but there isn't a way to give a book negative stars so this is what it gets. I read this book for my English class but I chose it out of a few other options, so I don't think my hatred for this book is because I was forced to read it.
This book is Holden telling what he did for a few days after he got expelled from his school Pencey. I was bored out of my mind for so many reasons. There was no real plot as Holden was just doing random stuff and spending all of his money to keep himself entertained. He was constantly saying things that were crazy and everything in this book drove me insane. In the end, I was only skimming the book because I couldn't force myself to actually read the last thirty or so pages.
A truly wonderful piece of literature, it really is. Salinger has a knack for keeping you engulfed within the mind of the tale's sixteen year old protagonist, Holden Caulfield, he really does, so much so that it just kills you. A few days with Holden and you'll be just as depressed, cynical, and overwhelmed as he is. You'll find it to be a wildly touching tale in regards to the troubles and angst of modern teenagers, unless you're just a big phoney. You really will.
This book doesn't have exciting plot lines or beautifully crafted sentences, but is simply a story told plainly and filled with truth. I loved Holden's voice and his remarks on life. For sure an excellent read.
It is the classic, intimate look into the mind of a 16-year old boy, Holden Caulfield, as he struggles to pass from childhood to adulthood. While rough around the edges with the immaturity of adolescence, Salinger still manages to say some of the most important words regarding our world, innocence, change, and the troubled perspectives through which they are often seen.
I found that this book had no plot whatsoever and that the main character was kind of irritating at times... but was easy to relate to.