The Catcher in the Rye – Review

633ab3bf-0fb0-40e1-8d0c-0b0d9794c272What did I just read?

Seriously, what did I just read?
I’m an adult. I think I can read between the lines and figure out the underlying message.
But this. They make people read this in high school.
This is a classic? Maybe back in the day when it was written…
But serious, what was this book about?

Here’s the part where I usually write my own summary about what the book was about, but here’s the thing…
I have no idea what this book is about.
All I can say is they’re the angry/self-righteous thoughts of a seventeen year old boy (I think he’s seventeen – they said that in the book or I figured it out).
Maybe because this book was written in a much different time period than our own but….what????

Holden Caulfield seems to be a very, complicated, human being.
He doesn’t apply himself in school, he doesn’t have any friends, and all the while he just thinks badly of everyone around him (except for maybe his siblings).
Honestly, he seemed like a pretentious prick, who gives cynic a whole other meaning.
Was this book supposed to be about how some people are different, how they think differently and that teenagers rebel?

“I think that one of these days,” he said, “you’re going to have to find out where you want to go. And then you’ve got to start going there. But immediately. You can’t afford to lose a minute. Not you.”

If there is anyone out there who can explain this book to me I would really like to sit down and discuss it.
(And this was some sort of revolutionary coming-of-age/loss of innocence novel)?
I honestly had a hard time pushing through this book – waiting for something to jump out at me and make all of this cynicism make sense.
Please, high schools, have students read books by John Green, or even “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” it’s SOOOOO MUCH BETTER than this.

Author J. D. Salinger

Author J. D. Salinger

Honestly, if I had read this in high school, and thank god I wasn’t part of the group of students that did, I would have had no idea what this book was about and would have had to BS my way through the essays like….majorly BS.

This is probably the worst book I’ve read to date – and yes, people probably will criticize me for it. But I would invite them to please explain this book to me and what exactly the message was.

**Note: A friend and I decided to read this book together as we both highly enjoyed “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” and this book happened to be the main character Charlie’s, favourite book. It’s a classic and on the banned list which we figured couldn’t be that bad right? Wrong….oh so very wrong**

1/5 Hearts of Love


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