Rating: 5/5

Genre: Coming-of-age

No. Pages: 277

ISBN: 9780316769174

The Catcher In The Rye tells the story of sixteen year old Holden Caulfield who has just been kicked out of school. He is supposed to return home on Wednesday but decides to leave on Saturday and the book tells the story of that one weekend.

I love, love, love this book. I could not put it down and I had to force myself to read it in 2 sittings so I could socialise inbetween. It is very well written and I think that Holden is an incredibly interesting and complex character, despite coming across as very simple to begin with. I can understand why many might find him a bit whiny and repetitive (a lot of things are “phony,” for instance) but there’s a deeper sadness behind his behaviour.

These themes of loneliness and isolation throughout this book are very relatable and I could empathise with some of his actions and feelings. I think this is the main reason why this book is so popular and why it resonated with me.

A variety of different characters dip in and out of the story and it becomes clear from their social interactions that Holden is not just sad and he has been admitted to some sort of mental hospital after the events in the book occurred. Holden is clearly confused about the world he is in and in his pursuit of social interaction, I found that few characters were likeable. His younger sister, Phoebe, is the only person who I really liked and she always has good intentions towards Holden.

Having read more about the historical context of the book, I appreciate this story even more. I would highly recommend it but I can understand why it might not be for everyone.

Have you read The Catcher In The Rye? What did you think of it? 🙂

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