Book :: The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye
By: J. D. Salinger
Pages: 277
Published: 1951
Genre(s): Young Adult
Coming of Age
Rating: (44)


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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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red13x red13x

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.

Jun 27th, 2019

JesusCage JesusCage

Sep 21st, 2018

Polilla-Lynn Polilla-Lynn

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

forline forline

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

justinwolfe82 justinwolfe82

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

cinnamoncaulfield cinnamoncaulfield

I am obsessed with this novel.

Feb 2nd, 2017

Hammer2665 Hammer2665

Aug 27th, 2016

Aaron Sztrakoniczky Aaron Sztrakoniczky

Well a good piece of litterature, simple and efficient.

Jun 1st, 2016

Fede Fede

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Jun 8th, 2015

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Feb 25th, 2015

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Feb 9th, 2015

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Jan 26th, 2015

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Dec 12th, 2014

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Dec 10th, 2014

Anca Anca

Nov 27th, 2014

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Jul 25th, 2014

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Jul 22nd, 2014

Tim35 Tim35

Love the book, dislike Holden Caufield. He seems to have an opinion for everything.

Jul 15th, 2014

kyliep96 kyliep96

Possibly one of the best books that I have ever read, and I think that because practically everyone can relate to it!

Jun 29th, 2014

sanayhs sanayhs

May 9th, 2014

aliveironically aliveironically

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.

Apr 19th, 2014

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Feb 27th, 2014

lanigan lanigan

Feb 15th, 2014

Tejas Nair Tejas Nair

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

gordogan gordogan

Way overrated, historicly meanigful tho.

Dec 17th, 2013

nar nar

Nov 8th, 2013

lgaston99 lgaston99

Great book about coming of age that seems as revelent today as when it was written.

Oct 31st, 2013

heathershep heathershep

Ah, timeless disillusionment and teenaged angst! Wonderful read.

Oct 18th, 2013

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Oct 6th, 2013

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Sep 9th, 2013

pookers pookers

A very well written book that depicts a confused teenager wanting to be in more control than he actually is.

Sep 6th, 2013

che che

Aug 29th, 2013

nian nian

Aug 24th, 2013

mariamitica mariamitica

Aug 20th, 2013

Keith Keith

Jul 30th, 2013

Mass Mass

Great story

Jul 25th, 2013

aola aola

Jul 21st, 2013

havox havox

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.

Jul 16th, 2013

fiolds fiolds

Mar 30th, 2013

aishae aishae

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

matthewrparks matthewrparks

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

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52nd on 100 Novels Everyone Should Read by Telegraph

15th on The Big Read by BBC

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