The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye

Book - 1991 | FIrst Little Brown books mass market paperback edition.
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Catcher in the Rye tells the story of Holden Caulfield, a teen who has been expelled from a prep school in Pennsylvania. Holden is easily annoyed by everyone at this school including his teachers, neighbors, and roommates. He decides to leave early to Manhattan and has many strange interactions with people he encounters there. He calls several different women in hopes of appeasing his sexual desires but none are fruitful. These interactions clearly show that Holden is not mentally sane which explains why he is telling this story from a mental institute. I only recommend this book to older teens and adults because there are graphic scenes in this book and it is a difficult book to understand overall. On a scale of 1 to 5, I rate this book a 1 because I would not read it unless it was mandatory. The plot is much too complex for this novel to be a light read, and I think I could only appreciate this book if I knew its hidden message. Catherine P., grade 11, of the Yorba Linda Teen Book Bloggers

Jul 20, 2019

A classic tale of teen angst from an unlikable character - what's not to love? The main character isn't meant to be a likable hero, but many could relate to his specific brand of rudeness and lack of tact when trapped in the woes of teenhood.

Jul 07, 2019

Read this on a lark to read some American classics that I had never read before! Was probably most curious to learn more of the basis behind why it was considered unfit for reading! Probably had something to do with my parochial upbringing! I guess it got so much consideration as a work discussing the life of a troubled youth and I can say confidently that the reason it was avoided in my youth was the language!

May 22, 2019

I really liked this book back in the day. Alas, I didn’t like it this time. Too teenagy and shallow.

Mar 26, 2019

I cannot tell if there was ever a major point in the story line but I like the way it was written. Very intriguing.

Mar 07, 2019

When I finished reading "The Catcher in the Rye" there were two thoughts:

1) Reading his book you know that Mr Salinger had read F Scott Fitzgerald's books.
2) F Scott Fitzgerald's books are better than "The Catcher in the Rye".

Feb 18, 2019

If you didn’t read this in high school, you should read it now. It’s a classic and an interesting read.

Jan 30, 2019

High School reading (so racy!) then later to try to recapture the story, then even later to see what Mel Gibson was talking about in Conspiracy Theory. I understood it perfectly the first time but ended up really disliking the character as I aged. Wisdom or crotchediness?

HCL_featured Sep 19, 2018

"Challenged in the Waterloo, IA schools (1992) and Duval County, FL public school libraries (1992) because of profanity, lurid passages about sex, and statements defamatory to minorities, God, women, and the disabled." from American Library Association

Aug 07, 2018

This book was so unexpected. My copy didn't have a summary on the back so I started this with no prior knowledge of the storyline or narrator. All I knew was that this book is widely regarded as a classic in literature, so I was totally taken aback by the personal, 1st-person, journal-style writing of teen angst and self-wondering. I couldn't predict Holden and what he would do next, which kept my attention, even as the mundane issues he had with normal human behavior rubbed him the wrong way. This book sort of made me think deeper on the actions and reactions I and others around me tend to have, looking at them from a 'phonier' perspective.
Honestly, not sure I'd recommend it, but it wasn't an awful read.

Jun 20, 2018

I read this book for class and I wasn't a huge fan. I liked the idea it just wasn't my usual style.

Apr 22, 2018

I sort of miss old Holden and everybody he told about. I even miss that goddam Maurice.

Mar 15, 2018

I still have very fond feelings about The Cather in the Rye from reading it at 15, and I am afraid that if I ever read it with adult eyes it will be ruined for me. So Holden Caulfield will have to stay in my memory.

I like this book because it seems like a real personal experience. It reflects what happened in the addescene and very understands the psychological and emotional that all the teens are facing. The book is very interesting even though is not fantasy, it is the reality of what might happen to be a teenager. Every step that we take will affect our future. So don't let the trouble defeat you.

-Dorothy, 15

Jan 25, 2018

One of the best books I've ever read in high school. Amazing title!

Nov 11, 2017

I read this book when I was in the 8th grade for fun and at the time I completely resonated with Holden because of how he encapsulated teenage angst, self-consciousness, and anxiety so perfectly. This book is to be read in one's youth because that is the one and only time when you can really relate to Holden, even if he is pretty selfish and does things that are pretty irresponsible and reckless, but that is what growing up is all about. Not all teenagers grow up with a complete understanding of how the world works and I don't think neither do adults these days either. Definitely the type of novel that one goes out to read on their own and not forced to do so like in school (although I read it in the 10th grade for school and I loved every moment). So read it or don't read it, it's your call.

Jul 28, 2017

Not impressed....I waited until the age of 63 to read this book (retirement...trying to fulfill my bucket list / reading list. I read it in two sittings and kept waiting for that spice that would have this book banned so many years ago. Never got it.

the story of a young cynic deified. well, i defy the popularity of it. who did this kid think he was, jack nicholson? i refer you to the film, HEATHERS, if what you so desire is that imitation.

Mar 08, 2017

I wish Holden Caulfield was real and could be mu boyfriend because I love him and this book to the ends of this world you could accumulate all the love for novels that every single person in this world has and it still would not compare to how much I love this book.

Feb 05, 2017

The verité of Salinger’s dialogue surpasses the best in Lewis’ Babbitt, Fitzgerald’s Gatsby and in anything else I’ve read... even Hemmingway. No wonder teens loved it. No wonder adults wanted it banned. Holden Caulfield’s world view is of a phony society, full of phony people with phony values. I counted the word phony; it appears 48 times in the 234 page novel.
To read Catcher in the Rye is to travel with, listen to and get to know and become friends with Salinger’s protagonist. I’ve read Catcher several times; the first at age 16... Holden Caulfield’s age. I loved it then but didn’t know why. At 21, I loved it, responding to the alienated youth theme. Later, I loved it, finding beauty in the dialogue. At 55, I loved it, reading Catcher and weeping; really, I wept, feeling the boy’s pain. He was disappointed by a much admired older brother, a writer, who “prostituted” himself by working as a Hollywood screen writer. He was abandoned by a younger brother whom he truly loved when leukemia stole the boy away. As he planned to run off to a cabin in the woods, he faced the loss of his baby sister for whom he cared deeply. In 2017, I saw humor in the story and loved it still.
This is magnificent writing. Catcher in the Rye is a must read.

Dec 12, 2016

I finally read Sallinger's "Cather in the Rye". I enjoyed reading it even though I knew what would happen to Holden, I felt so sorry for him. I am not an expert but he is suffering from the loss of his brother. He keeps remembering him and keeps crying about "nothing". He does not seem to concentrate on his study or almost anything as he is grieving secrectly about his brother. At least, he has his sister Pheobe to talk to openly. Otherwise, he escapes his missery by lying about everything. Interestingly, you want to know more about him as you read it. Referencing "Great Gatsby", as Old Sport, just killed me.

Nov 30, 2016

I enjoyed the "voice" of this classic novel but prefer something with a plot. This is not a book I would recommend simply for that reason.

Oct 24, 2016

This is my all time favorite book! Holden may be depressing, and misunderstood, but I connected to him, and by the time I finished with the book I wanted to read it again. I think I have finished it 5 times, and each time you get something different form it.

Sep 27, 2016

This story should be read every ten or twenty years. The first time I read it, I found young Holden to be annoying as hell. But I have grown to adore him because his observations are accurate: people are phony as hell which makes it extremely difficult for kids to find people to trust; the vast majority of humanity is ignorant and uncaring to the suffering of others, and the issue has only gotten worse. Apathy by adults to the very real concerns and problems of young people makes them feel powerless and invisible. Caulfield had every right to feel angry and disillusioned; the world is a dangerous place, especially if you are born female.

Salinger's writing is perfect: he captured the voice of an angry, confused, inquisitive, intelligent, caring young man who sees education for what it truly is: a means of erasing individuality and logical thought in order to create obedient, unquestioning worker bees.

Sep 08, 2016

This was a book I read for school that I ended up enjoying because the tone it carries was different to other books I normally read. This book was very slow paced and carried a sense of loom and gloom that I personally enjoyed because I feel like it's something that a lot of teens can relate to at one point. To me it seemed like Holden's world view was very grey, he was very pessimistic and got upset over simple things. To others it might seem ridiculous but as a teen myself I can say that at times I can relate to him because the world does not always feel like all rainbows and sunshine. Another thing that I enjoyed was how Holden carried a sense of dissatisfaction throughout the whole book but towards the end when he made Phoebe happy with the carousel, he became happy and it seemed like he carried a slight interest in the future. This is another thing I can relate to, my interactions with people affect how my mood goes quite a lot (im sure that is the same for others as well), when i am able to make other people enjoy stuff or feel satisfaction it makes me lighten up but if i am talking to people who carry a tone of anger/aggressiveness it becomes tough to continue being optimistic. That being said, I do not think that this book is for everyone and not everyone can enjoy it but I believe that those that do enjoy it can really appreciate it quite well. @BookYourBooks of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

This novel is not just your everyday escape from your current world into another. This is that and a historic work of art. This masterpiece is capable of making you laugh, cry, and connect with your inner child. There were many connections I made throughout this book ranging from the variation of setting to the hilarious impulsivity of the main protagonist within the novel. This is truly in my opinion, one of (if not the best) works of J.D. Salinger ever published. Before I began reading this novel, I was told it was categorized as a classic. This initially did not sound very appealing to me since I’ve read some popular classics in the past. I’ve read Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White and similar classics in which I didn’t care for. However, with the dark humour and controversial theme throughout this novel, Salinger has given me a new perspective on the idea of reading classic novels. When an author has enough power in their work to change the way you think or feel about something, that is how you know they really swung for the fences. In this case, J.D. Salinger hit it out of the park making The Catcher in the Rye an easy five star read! @BlingThrash15 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

The Catcher in the Rye is a novel by J.D Salinger following a 16-year-old adolescent boy named Holden Caulfield, it begins with him failing out of another boarding school. Holden is an undoubtedly angsty character, he resents society and “phonies” as well as struggling with his transition into adulthood. He begins to let his depression consume him, making irrational decisions leading to negative consequences. I would recommend this book because the author is an exquisite writer and has developed the atmosphere beautifully. Also, Holden is an amazingly rendered character whom anyone can relate to despite having mental health issues or not. @GoosReviews of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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