|By:||J. D. Salinger|
|Coming of Age|
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The Catcher in Rye is the ultimate novel for disaffected youth, but it's relevant to all ages. The story is told by Holden Caulfield, a seventeen- year-old dropout who has just been kicked out of his fourth school. Throughout, Holden dissects the 'phony' aspects of society, and the 'phonies' themselves: the headmaster whose affability depends on the wealth of the parents, his roommate who...
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Not at all what I expected. Not even sure what I expected, but this wasn’t it. It is okay, but not one I’d ever pick up again.
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Sep 21st, 2018
I'd heard this book was full of profanity so is usually on a banned books list because of that and the topics covered. True statement! The teenage boy, Holden, is full of angst, negative views, sadness, discouragement. His parents are not really there for him, one of his brothers is a famous writer so is more absent than present, his other brother died and he's still mourning him, and he is very fond of his younger sister whom he trusts. This story covers a few days in Holden's life when he was expelled from school and decides to experience a little of life on his own. This story expresses well the disillusionment of a teenage boy in his own direct crude language. This is not a book I'd be interested in reading again, but I wanted to be able to say I read it. I'm not disappointed I did.
May 22nd, 2018
I didn't read this until I was in my 50s. It would not have appealed to me as a young adult...but I really enjoyed reading it when I did.
Jan 4th, 2018
I've read this book a few times now, just never got into it. I guess I prefer longer novels. It's a descent story and good coming of age story, but just not sure it would be in my top 10.
May 26th, 2017
I am obsessed with this novel.
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Aug 27th, 2016
Well a good piece of litterature, simple and efficient.
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Love the book, dislike Holden Caufield. He seems to have an opinion for everything.
Jul 15th, 2014
Possibly one of the best books that I have ever read, and I think that because practically everyone can relate to it!
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May 9th, 2014
I have always tried to figure out the hype about this book. The entire time I am reading it, all I can think is "This guy is an asshole, and nothing is happening". It is just another one of those classic novels that people claim to love and enjoy, but I really don't think they actually do. It's a namedropper novel. Everyone should read this book at least once just so they can say they have, but there is nothing special to it.
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Feb 15th, 2014
My most favorite book; deals with desolation, teenage and the real thoughts of this YOLO/Y generation. Very well written.
Jan 21st, 2014
I hated this book, and there exist less than five books that I truly hate. There is no story. It has no meaning. There are no redeeming qualities.
Dec 23rd, 2013
Way overrated, historicly meanigful tho.
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Nov 8th, 2013
Great book about coming of age that seems as revelent today as when it was written.
Oct 31st, 2013
Ah, timeless disillusionment and teenaged angst! Wonderful read.
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A very well written book that depicts a confused teenager wanting to be in more control than he actually is.
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Jul 21st, 2013
Rich kid does rich things. Oh the things i learned... skip this "classic," not worth the read unless you're a privileged white kid, at which point yeah maybe you could relate.
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Mar 30th, 2013
I remember of reading it several times but interestingly I almost don't remember anything about the book. I think it has made me laugh when I've read it. And I remember of thinking what a great book it was but shame on me I cannot remember anything else except that it was about a school boy.
Mar 4th, 2013
Honestly, I didn't fall in love with this book. It's a coming of age story and contains some great stuff, but as my AP English teacher in high school said, it's one of those that you have to read at the right time in your life. Undoubtedly a great work, it's just best read by those still "growing up."
Feb 25th, 2013
The Catcher in the Rye appears on these lists...
60th on The 20th Centrury's Greatest Hits by American Book Review
94th on The Novel 100 by Daniel S. Bert
64th on 100 Best Novels by Modern Library
2nd on Rival 100 Best Novels by Radcliffe
88th on 100 Books of the Century by Le Monde
61st on 100 Greatest Novels of All Time by The Guardian
18th on Books You Can't Live Without by The Guardian
52nd on 100 Novels Everyone Should Read by Telegraph
15th on The Big Read by BBC
6th on Books of the Century by Waterstone
15th on Top 100 Books by Newsweek