The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye

Book - 1991 | FIrst Little Brown books mass market paperback edition.
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Story of Holden Caufield with his idiosyncrasies, penetrating insight, confusion, sensitivity and negativism. Holden, knowing he is to be expelled from school, decides to leave early. He spends three days in New York City and tells the story of what he did and suffered there.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 1991.
Edition: FIrst Little Brown books mass market paperback edition.
Copyright Date: ©1951
ISBN: 9780316769488
0316769487
9780808514039
0808514032
9780812415285
0812415280
9780758778574
0758778570
Characteristics: 214 pages ; 18 cm

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I actually loved this as a teen and it didn't hold up for me as an adult. Holden is not likeable.


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YLPLTEENBOOKBLOG Aug 06, 2019

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

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gjfricano
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.

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RDJohannes
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!

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Margush
May 22, 2019

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

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Alyssa_RR
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.

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sleverman
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".

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robinandrews10
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.

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whatcomhillwalker
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 www.ala.org American Library Association

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Nymeria23
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.

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blue_llama_157
Jul 10, 2018

I hope to hell that when I do die somebody has the sense to just dump me in the river or something. Anything except sticking me in a goddam cemetary. People coming and putting a bunch of flowers on your stomach on Sunday, and all that crap. Who wants flowers when you’re dead? Nobody.

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reginator_22
Jan 25, 2018

“Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.”

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elishalozares
Jul 19, 2016

"I can't explain what I mean. And even if I could, I'm not sure I'd feel like it."

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tomadou1
Jul 20, 2015

What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though.

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KABuck
Jul 05, 2015

All the kids kept trying to grab for the gold ring, and so was old Phoebe, and I was sort of afraid she'd fall off the goddam horse, but I didn't say anything or do anything. The thing with kids is, if they want to grab for the gold ring, you have to let them do it, and not say anything. If they fall off, they fall off...
(Salinger, 273 – 274)

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KABuck
Jul 05, 2015

"Thousands of little kids, and nobody's around—nobody big, I mean—except me. And I'm standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff...I'd just be the catcher in the rye and all."
(Salinger, 224 – 225)

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FandomQueen
Jul 03, 2015

"I'm the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life. It's awful. If I'm on my way to the store to buy a magazine, even, and somebody asks me where I'm going, I'm liable to say I'm going to the opera. It's terrible."

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FandomQueen
Jul 03, 2015

"The mark of an immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one."

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wendyvoid
Jul 01, 2015

“Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.”

Levi_1 Jul 07, 2014

“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though.”
― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

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ea304gt
Jul 05, 2019

ea304gt thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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white_human_110
Mar 10, 2019

white_human_110 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 19

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LukeTabidze
Dec 27, 2016

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cfollowstheroad
Jun 09, 2016

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VV12
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black_wolf_2329 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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jilly0522
Aug 03, 2014

jilly0522 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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amlo
Sep 06, 2013

amlo thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

blue_seastar_74 Aug 27, 2013

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CindyDiane
Aug 01, 2013

CindyDiane thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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amlo
Sep 06, 2013

Coarse Language: an extreme amount throughout the book

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amlo
Sep 06, 2013

Violence: some, very descriptive

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amlo
Sep 06, 2013

Sexual Content: some

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CindyDiane
Aug 01, 2013

Coarse Language: There is a LOT of cursing through the book. Holden's favorite term seems to be G-d and uses it constantly. Towards the end of the book he finds the phrase F-you a few times.

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CindyDiane
Aug 01, 2013

Violence: Slightly descriptive violence involving fights with other guys.

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CindyDiane
Aug 01, 2013

Sexual Content: While nothing happens sexually, there is a lot of talk and the main character (Holden) does attempt to purchase a hooker for the evening with the intention of sleeping with her but chickens out after she arrives.

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orangeana
Jul 13, 2013

Coarse Language: a lot of it - but that's what makes it funny

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liya6
Jul 12, 2013

Violence: Some

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liya6
Jul 12, 2013

Coarse Language: A lot

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liya6
Jul 12, 2013

Sexual Content: Some

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Marihyd
Jun 21, 2016

When a boy gets kicked out of his school, he wanders into New York to avoid the wrath of his mother. During this time, he reflects on his memories and catches up with old friends.

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agk7
Jun 29, 2015

Holden Caulfield is trying to transition into the adult world. He leaves his prep school; Pencey, and goes to New York City for three days in attempt to relax before going home. Holden has many encounters with people that give us insight to his view of the world and the people around him.

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klemcicle
Jun 25, 2015

This story is about a college dropout... well, kicked out boy who takes his time getting home over the span of a few days before he has to break the news to his parents that he was kicked out of school. Again. This story is about what he does in the time being while in the north east coast exploring the cities.

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VampireHunterD
May 12, 2013

Events that occur in the days after Holden Caulfield gets kicked out of highschool.

valentinavl Mar 29, 2013

Holden Caulfield is a 17 yr old boy has been kicked out of Pencey, wants to save children from adulthood by metaphorically being the Catcher in the Rye.

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fearlessforever
Dec 11, 2012

Basically a summary of Holden Caulfield's uneventful life for three days. He gets kicked out of his High School and journey's back home for Christmas.

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re_discover
Jun 22, 2011

"And so, that made me kind of depressed."

"But then I didn't feel like it."

The end.

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