Review: The Catcher in the Rye

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The Catcher in the RyeBook Review
3+ out of 5 stars to The Catcher in the Rye, a coming-of-age novel published in 1951 by J.D. Salinger. I am so glad I read this book as a teenager and not as an adult. I would absolutely hate it today, not because it’s poorly written or has no value, but because I’d hate Holden more than anything in the world. I was certainly not a perfect teenager, but I never had that angst as a kid, nor do I have it now. I have maybe 10 days a year where I complain a little bit about something, but for the most part, my mouth is shut and I do what I’m supposed to do. Supposed to, as in my own perception, not because someone else tells me to do it. Arguing and railing and running away and getting angry don’t come naturally to me, so I couldn’t identify with him. That said, I’ve seen this in others and it was well captured, a bit ahead of its time. For those reasons, it’s a good book. I’m a little concerned this is the type of book that will no longer be read… and teens reading it today wouldn’t understand it. I’m curious to see reviews by the under 25 crowd, just purely to see if the current generation has any different feelings towards it than I had when I read it in high school in the 90s.



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7 thoughts on “Review: The Catcher in the Rye

    Maram @ shereadsatpastmidnight said:
    June 19, 2017 at 2:43 PM

    I read this a couple of years ago and was very annoyed with the MC’s angst 😂 Great review, James!

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    Naty said:
    June 19, 2017 at 2:57 PM

    My exact feelings on this book.

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    BrizzleLass said:
    June 19, 2017 at 3:13 PM

    I had a really tough time as a child/teen and this book became like a best friend. I had to study it for school but I read it religiously after that. I always have a copy near me although I haven’t read it now for about 15 years! 😂

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      June 19, 2017 at 3:30 PM

      i wonder if it would still feel the same now?

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        BrizzleLass said:
        June 20, 2017 at 4:10 AM

        I’m not sure it would, I think that’s why I haven’t read it in so long. Sometimes nostalgia is a good thing!

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