The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. SalingerThe Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye

byJ.D. SalingerAs told byJ.d Salinger

Hardcover | July 16, 1951

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Anyone who has read J.D. Salinger's New Yorker stories, particularly A Perfect Day for Bananafish, Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut, The Laughing Man, and For Esme--With Love and Squalor, will not be surprised by the fact that his first novel is full of children.

The hero-narrator of THE CATCHER IN THE RYE is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield. Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days.

The boy himself is at once too simple and too complex for us to make any final comment about him or his story. Perhaps the safest thing we can say about Holden is that he was born in the world not just strongly attracted to beauty but, almost, hopelessly impaled on it.

There are many voices in this novel: children's voices, adult voices, underground voices--but Holden's voice is the most eloquent of all. Transcending his own vernacular, yet remaining marvelously faithful to it, he issues a perfectly articulated cry of mixed pain and pleasure. However, like most lovers and clowns and poets of the higher orders, he keeps most of the pain to, and for, himself. The pleasure he gives away, or sets aside, with all his heart. It is there for the reader who can handle it to keep.
More than 20 years of seclusion and silence have taken their toll on J. D. Salinger's literary reputation, but the impact made by The Catcher in The Rye (1951) and the Glass family stories was deep enough to make a lasting impression and to assure his continued readership. Salinger was born in New York City of Jewish and Scottish-Irish...
Title:The Catcher in the RyeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.12 × 5.25 × 1 inPublished:July 16, 1951Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316769533

ISBN - 13:9780316769532

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 13

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book I had to read this in high school, and lowkey regret not stealing it haha jk, but you got the point,..
Date published: 2017-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Read for Teens I fell in love with this book around age 15 and it remains a favourite
Date published: 2017-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed it Had to read it in it later and appreciated it more.
Date published: 2017-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You either hate it or love it And I LOVE it. Had to read this in high school and fell in love and have read it several times since. You will either identify with Holden and love him or hate pretty much everything about him and the whole story.
Date published: 2017-11-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Annoying but necessary. I was annoyed by everything in this book, but I agreed with the message Holden Caulfield was trying to articulate.
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Content I liked this for the bigger picture it displayed. Sure there were sections that were harder to get to but the pay off at the end was important.
Date published: 2017-11-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Holden applause It was a good novel! So parts are dark but the symbolism is great. A coming of age novel
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Classic Good book. Annoying characters at times, but the content and point of the book is important and still relevant today.
Date published: 2017-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from DISCOVERY Discovery yourself while Holden discovers himself.
Date published: 2017-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Essential A book that has no obvious plot yet you really want to know what will happen. Essential for any book lover!
Date published: 2017-11-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It killed me. It really did. Not my favorite book ever, but definitely something I can finally say I've read.
Date published: 2017-11-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read! Read this book when i was 15, enjoyed it back then, and still enjoy reading it now!
Date published: 2017-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great An essential read for any literature lover. Read this when I was 12 and I still enjoy it today #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! I read this book for the first time when I was 15 and loved it, it really resonated with me and I still read it once every few years and it never gets old.
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite book! I am so happy I encountered this book as a 12 year old. It helped me so much! 10 years later and it is still my favorite book.
Date published: 2017-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read A wonderful coming of age story. Would recommend to anyone
Date published: 2017-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic Holden Caulfield is easily the most hateable character I've ever read, but I still loved the book.
Date published: 2017-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my most treasured books By far one of the best books I've read. Really makes you think.
Date published: 2017-10-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Alright It's an ok book, I really don't understand why this is such a classic.....
Date published: 2017-10-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A classic It's a great read, but I don't understand the whole hype over this book.....
Date published: 2017-10-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Such a wonderful addition to any book collection. So beautifully written and inspiring!
Date published: 2017-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it in highschool, love it today. The symbols and imagery are so relatable, a great book on adolescence and struggling to grow up. A beautiful classic that I could read over and over again without getting tired of it.
Date published: 2017-10-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read It took me a while to work my way through it but once I finished it, I ended up quite liking it. I would definitely have to go back and read it again one day I think, in a shorter period of time but I can see why it's a classic.
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A well deserved classic I don't know what it is about Holden Caulfield, but there's just something about his bitter, spoiled narrative that makes this book hard to put down. Perhaps it has a lot to do with Salinger's excellent writing style in this book. A must for any fan of reading.
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Read this book years ago in high school and had to purchase a copy for my personal collection. This book is a must read and definitely a classic for a reason!
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My all time favourite book I read this whenever I go through a phase. Everybody goes through phases and all, don't they?
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic! This novel is excellent! I had the pleasure of teaching this to a college level English class and they adored it. Holden is one of the most witty and honest characters in literature.
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from cool a very entertaining and interesting book
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from when you read it matters Good book for an teen/ YA. becomes less relatable as you age
Date published: 2017-09-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The Catcher in the Rye I remember being so impressed with this book when I was seventeen years old. I could identify with Holden - his sense of aimlessness, his sense of entitlement, his sense of alienation. Fast forward 50 years. Holden Caulfield is still aimless, entitled and alienated. I can no longer identify. (This is the book that inspired Mark David Chapman to shoot John Lennon? How?) I'm not sorry I read it again - but I can wait another 50 years to pick it up for the third time.
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book. Great Lessons. It's a good book to read. It's one of those coming-of-age novels that I got to read back in highschool.
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from After reading approx. 1000books, this is my ALL TIME FAV! I donno if it's because it's one of the first books I read as I pre teen and we analyzed it in class, but have actually read it back in the years, and it's such fav.
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Overrated in my opinion Ever since I first read this in high school, I just haven't been able to understand the hype around this book. Maybe it's just not for me, but I wouldn't consider this a "classic".
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from a classic It was a bit difficult for me to get into this book at first, but I am glad I stuck to it and continued reading it. I couldn't put it down after that!
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Catcher in the Rye Such a distinct voice, and smart, but there’s heart here, too, particularly in the moments with Phoebe. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from timeless one of my favorite books of all time!
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intro is very bland but if you stick with it, you're in for a treat Bought this book about two months ago. Initially I had such a hard time getting into it, because of how boring the introduction is, but as soon as I got into the book I could not put it down.
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a book like no other i have never read a book so unique
Date published: 2017-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from loved it! spoiler: it's an amazing book. In the beginning At first, I found the book very hard to read, mainly because of the endless profanity and my unknowingness of what the narrator was trying to get. But after forcing myself to continue on and think about the hidden meanings, I ended up loving the book. Possibly one of my favourites. Found myself being able to relate to Holden, and all of his struggles. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favourite Book I love this book so much. Holden is my one of my most favourite characters of all time. I love his views on life. When Holden talks about being a catcher in they rye, it reminds me of Peter Pan never wanting to grow up. If only we could have kept our childhood innocence longer; we all grew up way to fast. All in all, this book is amazing and I love the plot.
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not a fan I personally didn't enjoy reading this. I get that it's a classic but I found it impossible to care about the characters. It just wasn't relatable and just kind of boring and depressing.
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well written exploits of a confused teenager Good, thought provoking piece of classic literature. This novel is read in many highschools in Canada and for a good reason. Check it out.
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Catcher In The Rye Not my type of book, a bit boring.
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Catcher in the Rye Found this book a chore to finish. Not very satisfied.
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Alright My best friend recommended this to me because of her long-time obsession with the protagonist. She thought he was genuine and reflected coming-of-age struggles perfectly. I, on the other hand, was not in love with this book. The writing style was a little choppy for me to enjoy. This version of the book looks great on the shelf though!
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best book ever? one of the best novels I've ever read
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok Not my favourite classic but still an alright book
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Catcher In the Rye I found Holden weird and the whole book a bit weird.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh I found this book kind of boring. If I wanted to hear teenagers complain, I could just hang out outside a high school. The main character bothers me more than anything, which made me not want to finish it. The only reason I would recommend it is because it is supposedly a classic.
Date published: 2017-07-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I get it now Read it last while in highschool... read it again now and I get why it is a great book.
Date published: 2017-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wow this book is a classic definity worth the read
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Painful to get through. This is a book that seriously makes me wonder what the rules are for a "classic". The story slogs on and doesn't really go anywhere, the main character isn't...much of anything honestly. I have read this book as both a teen when you're supposed to "get it" and later as an adult when the apparently amazing literary themes are supposed to be more relevant. It was painfully boring each time I read it and I really don't see how this book brings anything to the world of literature. I would give this book zero stars if I could.
Date published: 2017-06-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I didnt like it.... Honestly, i know it's a classic and all, but I found it hard to get through the book. Definitely not a book I would've finished had I not been assigned to read it in high school. Maybe it's because i prefer more recent writing styles and not those that date back to 1951, but I hated the main character. There was little to no character development and the plot fell flat.
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from didn't do anything for me the first time i read this book i found it unenjoyable and boring. recently, i decided to give it another chance. although i did find it mildly more enjoyable the second time around, it unfortunately still falls flat for me. i do not see what all the fuss is about.
Date published: 2017-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Catcher in the Rye A Wonderful reading experience
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A favourite. I really enjoyed this novel when I read it in high school, and it still holds up in 2017.
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! Everyone should have to read this classic novel by Salinger. While a lot of people dislike it, I found it to be a great and important read. I also love that it's appealing because at one point, it was a banned book!
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic! Great story - never not rooting for Holden Caulfield.
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Absolute Favourite Book If you don't like this book you're missing out. It's amazing, humanizing, touching, sad, it takes you through an amazing emotional journey
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Considered One of My Favourite Books Many people do not like "A Catcher in the Rye" because they find the reading dense and boring. What is important to understand throughout the reading of this book is that you are entering into a person's mind in order to try and connect with what the character is going through. What I love most about this book is the relevance that it has throughout every point in someone's life: it begs the question about our own innocence and the innocence of others. Holden (the protagonist and narrator of the story) is constantly concerned with how much of his innocence he should be giving up to the world in order to be properly a part of it. However, he is constantly worried about his younger sister Phoebe and her innocence since he does not want her to lose it too quickly. I think this is something everyone can relate to whether you have a younger sibling, a child, or a close friend that is younger than you. No one wants someone to figure out specific things about reality until they are sure they can handle it. At times, maybe Holden can be since as someone who's innocence was taken from him too soon in life and he is trying to hold onto the little that he has left (in which ever form that takes shape in). If you want to watch the movie version, you will never be able to. Once Hollywood terribly represented one of Salinger's books, he wrote it in his will that "A Catcher in the Rye" should never be made into a movie. I think this is how it should be since most of the novel is told through Holden's inner monologue and that would be nearly impossible to properly translate into film. With that said, go take a look at this book and discover ways that we might all be a little like Holden. Ask yourself these questions: How much innocence have I given up? and How much do I have left?
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Another high school read. Didn't think I'd enjoy this book, but it was enjoyable enough. Will have to reread it as an adult and see how I feel about it. Bought it quite a while ago and has been taunting me from my bookcase ever since.
Date published: 2017-05-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very slow I found this book very slow and disappointing considering all the hype it had received.
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Full of phonies! Classic book, but not much of a plot
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Converted Skeptic on This Cult Classic Call me a hipster but I tend to gravitate away from books so popular. I should have learned after The Perks of Being a Wallflower but I still held back with this one. Then I picked it up, and put it down a few hours later having finished it all in one setting. I describe this book as one of my all-time favourites. Although short I feel like Salinger gave an amazing sense of voice to the Holden character, one can't end this book without feeling they know him. I plan on re-(re)-reading again soon. This book induces some self reflection and a reader could benefit from a quick overview of it during different points of their lives.
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read I hated it in high school but decided to give it another try. The more you read it the better it gets. A good classic to give another try.
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not a Fan I just really did not enjoy this book. I kept waiting for something to happen, and it never did. I found it boring and strange.
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from ...what? I just couldn't get into it. Read it as a school read and absolutely hated it... not for me I guess
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Book I know this is a classic but I found it hard to stay interested.
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from had to read it for school it was not my kind however a classic
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from PHONY! This book was somewhat of a difficult read, only because the lack of plot provided little incentive to keep reading
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from one of the greatest works of fiction i first read this book in ninth grade. immediately after finishing it, i read it again. in the past two years i've read this book at least five times. if there's any character i can relate to as a struggling teen, it's holden caulfield. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great read was assigned to read this back in school and really enjoyed the book. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from blah I know this book is a classic but I could not get into in at all
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hmm Can't say I enjoyed this. The writing style was a bit strange
Date published: 2017-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! Was assigned this book as a class read in high school and was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I decided to reread it 10 year later and loved it just as much the second time around.
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from CLASSIC This book is a classic and I love it. Holden forever <3
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Not a huge fan of Salinger but this was okay
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic! Along with "catcher in the rye" - this book should be on everybody's book list. A tale of teenage angst and finding your way in your world. It can mean different things to you when you read it at different times in your life.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Relatable I've never been assigned a book in school that I didn't like. I liked The Outsiders, Lord of the Flies, and even though my class didn't study it, I bought for myself Animal Farm. I read this book for my last year in high school and it didn't disappoint. In fact, I think that reading this in grade 12 rather than grade 8 was better for me. Although I don't view the world so negatively as Holden, I can understand him and the reasons behind his actions. Definitely a book that should belong in anyone's personal library.
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I can see why it's a classic Read this book for school, as most people who have read this book might also say, and I really enjoyed it. I liked it less than Lord of the Flies but it was an enjoyable read. I don't agree with the main character's view of the world, but it's very relatable. I understood his problems and reasons behind his actions, no matter how unfounded they may seem. We see into Holden's mind to the full extent. I finished it earlier than my English teacher would have liked but hey, at least I liked the assigned book :)
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Classic I read this in high school. It was ok, not my favourite but I didn't hate it either
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Just not for me Why would a 70-year-old woman be writing a review of Catcher in the Rye? Because I thought it was time I finally got around to reading it. Perhaps a young audience would appreciate Holden''s angst, but I did not. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny and insightful The original coming of age story
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A classic I liked the book. Not sure why a lot of people don't. This classic deserves a chance for sure
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Catcher in the Rye I've read this book only once, not because I didn't want to re-read it but because it belongs to a certain time period in everyone's life. Read this before or after you hit that point in your life where Holden is and you lose the magic. Memorable and fittingly a required read.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from couldn't connect felt like i was missing something
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i love this book! delightful! i recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the hit TV series "Seinfield", or blockbuster movies like "Ferris Bueller's Day Off". This book is a true example of literary perfection.
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic!! Have read this a few times. Its a classics for a reason. Great for young and old alike!!
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my all time favourites Read this as a teenager, and have re-read it a few times in decades since. Not for everyone - but is there any book that is? A modern classic for good reasons.
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! I went into this book not knowing anything about it, and I think this gave it a mysterious effect. The story is great, and it did not take me very long to finish. Have wanted to read this for a while now and I am glad I did.
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Loved this book! Loved the writing. Awesome sauce.
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! A must have classic for every bookshelf
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interresting story. This book is a classic that you should read. Nothing extravagant tho. But a must I believe.
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting Of all the twenty six chapters in the book, the final chapter was my favorite.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not For Everyone I've read this book twice now and I have enjoyed it both times. I know that Holden is a whiny, hypocrite and many people find him very annoying but for whatever reason, it doesn't bother me. I can see myself going back and rereading this again in the future. That being said, I know this book isn't for everyone. When we had to read it for english class in school, it was pretty split on people either loving it, or hating it. I would just be aware going into it that the main character is very easy to hate and the plot isn't anything super exciting. If you need a lovable character to enjoy books, I would maybe skip this one
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from American classic A must read for any enthusiast of American literature, this one goes down as one of the greatest pieces of American storytelling, characterisation, prose. But it's not just the story, the writing is phenomenal 20th century Literary Art. Should be near the top of the top 100 books to read...
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yes!! You will fall in love with Holden. I love this book. you will enjoy it, but it will also break your heart a little bit.
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Remarkable Characterization You'll either love it or you'll hate it. Either you'll identify with Holden or you won't. Either way, it'a a book that you have to read at least once. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyable I read this initially in adolescence and reread it periodically. I always find that it draws me back to my formative years and reminds me how challenging those times were.
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The best. Loved this 10 years ago, love it today. I think the readers who don't connect to it, will never understand the beauties in the world like Holden. The crazy, irrational, rebellious, artistic, open-minded, open-hearted, free spirited - will know what I mean.
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Great read. Love this author
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from overrated I don’t get why this book is so highly recommended everywhere, the character is so annoying.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It is alright had to read this book for school. it wasn't a bad read, and was actually fairly interesting. It is worth a read
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable I had to read this book in high school and was not to terribly thrilled about it, but it was actually a good read. #PlumReview
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Nope. This really wasn't a very good book. I've been enjoying classics lately but this fell flat. Holden Caulfield is wholly unlikeable--whiny, combative, easily incited and apparently unable to hold himself accountable for anything. I don't like that we don't know why at the end he is where he is after his meandering story; I also dislike the some overused catchphrases in the story that took away from it for me since I started counting every time I saw one. (Everything, for example, is 'like hell'. 'Crazy as hell,' 'in depth as hell', 'angry as hell'.) It got to me. The writing was okay; I suppose one can feel a bit for him as he's probably gay and struggling with his identity, and because he is very sick and also likely lonely. He's got some issues, let's just say, but the book was underwhelming and I don't know why it has the popularity it does!
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ugh I really didn't like this book.
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gripping portrait of mid-20th century teenage acts This is an interesting book that details the life of a misanthropic teenager, though an unlikable character, the author writes very well and gives us a gripping smile inducing and at times incisive narrative. A literary classic that is a must read.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holden is my favourite I first read Catcher in the Rye when I was 13 years old. Needless to say, it went waaaaay over my head. I re-read it again in my late teens, and again in my early 20s and each time I fell more and more in love with Holden. He's the quintessential disenfranchised youth and you just can't help but love him. Despite it's ago, it's a novel that still translates well.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heartfelt Despite everything Holden is going through he still thinks about others. I think it is very sweet.
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ended Up Loving It I had to read this book for school, and thought it was horribly boring in the beginning! As I read further, I soon became reeled into the book. Ended loving the story.
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Was not impressed A lot of people recommend this book to me saying it was their favorite and it was "mind blowing" but I really did not enjoy reading this book at all. This was honestly a waste of money.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from meh I didn't find it particularly interesting and at the end of the novel I was left without feeling much of anything. Didn't enjoy it, didn't hate it.
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Teenage Angst If you are just thinking about picking this up contemplate no more. You will instantly fall in love with the character, Holden takes you back to all those times you've every people watched and conceived unfathomable thoughts about people. It's a very quick read because it's very amusing to hear the ramblings of Holden.
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite classics I chose to read this book for my English class assignment and I'm so glad I chose it. What I liked about this book was that it was able to make me laugh and cry all at the same time and I have yet to read books that have done the same. I definitely prefer this book over other American classics like to Kill a Mockingbird and would most likely be re-reading this in the future! :)
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprised me I had only heard negative reviews of this book but when I read it I found that I really enjoyed it. I found Holden to be very relatable as we all have felt lost in our lives missing a direction or a clear path. To me, he was the type of character that you want to embrace. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from no I have always hated this book. Tried reading it again. Couldn't do it. It's not even that I disliked it, or found it boring... I HATE it. Everything about it. It makes me feel dirty ... no thanks #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from really great I recently decided to pick this book up again and give it a read. I can say that I honestly really enjoyed it! I feel like this book is a hit or miss with a lot of people. I heard so many people saying how they didn't like the writing because of holdens repetition and rather basic use of vocab, but I think thats what makes him relatable to the teenagers going through that 'angsty' phase. If you analyze the book properly you'd appreciate it for how nicely it wraps up the mind of a person who is psychologically lost.
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read! has a good storyline but dull at some points
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Okay Good if you interpret the meaning, but feels like a bunch of tangents.
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it My favourite classic, Holden's a character I'd never thought I'd love so much, but i fell in love with this book and loved the message.
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It's alright It took me a while to actually get into it, and when I finally did, the story ended and I wasn't that impressed. People make it sound a lot better than it actually is.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful I like the length of each sentence even though the book has more than 20 chapters.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great short novel I took me a while to get into the book, but quickly warmed up to the main character and throughly enjoyed the novel overall.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good book i read this because i missed out in high school and absolutely loved how relateable the angst and adventurous quality of holden is, or at some point was, to us all
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic This was excellent. I loved everything about this book!
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Well... I received this as a gift from one of my friends, its his favourite. I could not get into it! The main character has not much to like about him and he complains the whole book being told off once very briefly. Story plot is fine, I believe this is just one of those books that some adore, others dislike. My friend didn't mind, we have some good arguments over it.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from real controversial... for it's time I remember back in high school most of my english lit teachers were clamouring on about how controversial this book was and how it's the greatest thing to ever come since sliced bread. It's hardly anything to what it's hyped up to be honest.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Catcher in the Rye I read this book for school. I didn't find it particularly good or particularly bad. The main character, however, made me very uneasy, but after analysing it (the book), I found there was still a lot of depth in it.
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not one i'll revisit This novel just didn't do it for me. I don't care about teenage angst and have no interest in the mindless wandering if Holden. Best he should go back to school, get a decent education and get on with his life.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nothing needs to be said This is a classic. Nothing else needs to be said.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I hated this book. I have never struggled through a narrative wanting so much to punch the protagonist. Salinger gave me no characters I could latch onto and like, and the story has no actual ending but just trails to a stop - the two things that ruin a story, for me, and this guy managed to hit both of them. I was so excited to read this book, because of course I'd heard of it being held up as a classic, but I was truly disappointed.
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good book A classic for a reason. Great writing and great storyline.
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous You will want to re-read this book over and over.
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love! A classic never goes out of style.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I didn't love it Most people I know really like this, but maybe its the goody goody in me that didn't
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still a favourite Despite no longer being a moody teenager I still love this book an sympathize with Holden. After rereading it a dozen times it still hold up #PlumReviews
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Touching Characters with depth and a story for the ages. I didn't 'tear' through the pages but did swoon over the bigger picture messages.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Read this book for school I ended up picking this book up to read for school because of the buildup behind it, and the fact that it is a classical book. This was probably the first classical book I've read and as I read this book I could see why people had an interest in this book. It's a very relatable book written from the view of a sixteen year old and helping him find himself.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great i can see why people would not enjoy this book as the protagonist seems a tad melodramatic. however this book is so well written and really is a classic
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for students #plumreview This book is, amongst other things, a great introduction for younger readers into a more literary world.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Classic Typically, one is introduced to Salinger's quirky and at times stoic characters in High School as a delightful reprieve from the Gates of Adolescent Hell, and not because of the other reason. I found myself without music on my jaunt downtown yesterday and I needed just the right little tome to fit into my handbag. Perhaps I craved Rudolph Schmidt's (see Holden shooting it on the bus) antics. In any case, I have put aside the textbooks and research material that call to me and find myself immersed into a world that I, like so many others before me, identify with. . . Holden Caulfield's mischievous, pitiful, and zany temperament makes us yearnful of the yesteryear and truth be told, we wonder how we would have fitted in his misantropic worldview. What type of roommates would we have been? Would we have been the kind of girl that would knock him out? In brief, we identify with his persona and love him for enabling us to break free of the stereotypes that are imposed on us and rebel one tirade at a time.
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not my favourite I know I'm suposta love it, but I don't. The whole things seems kinda phoney to me.
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Classic It is a classic story; but not my favourite book. I do understand why students are forced to read it in high school.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good! I had to read this in grade 10 and I wasn't offended by it at all. People think that this book is going to change younger readers but it's the maturity level of the person reading that determines how they go about life afterwards. Great subject matter to discuss in a classroom! Everyone always thinks its Tequila Mockingbird at first too lol
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning I love this novel so much. It is so well written, and it provokes thought.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic I reread this book every few years, and it still holds up. Holden is one of the greatest characters ever created, and his narrative voice gets me every time. On the surface, this is a simple story, but there's a lot underneath when you scratch the surface.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read I honestly don't think I could have truly appreciated the theme of this book if it wasn't read in my grade 11 English class. My teacher did an amazing job at breaking down the symbols and hidden messages. The writing is amazing once you are able to understand the book in its entirety. Would reccomend reading it in a book group or with someone to discuss it further #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book really enjoyed this book!!
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not my style I thought this book was okay. I didn't really get the purpose/plot of the book and the swearing and way of writing is not my type. I guess the book itself was not bad but the writing style just brought the whole book down. It annoyed me how Holden thought of things as always being phoney and depressing mostly because it was pretty much all he said every other paragraph. Holden is so indecisive and unpredictable because his thoughts go both ways and collide with each other. I could see why he thought of things the way he did but it was too repetitive. I fell asleep at one point and I don't know if it's because I was really tired or the book was just boring but either way the book just seemed to drag on. The ending, although not completely finished and tied off nicely, was better compared to the rest of the book.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good. I read this for my english class, it was a nice red and a good book to get better in english.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not a big fan Took me so long to try and get into this book. I know many people love it, but its not my cup of tea.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from one of the classics this book wasn't really what I thought it would be, it's actually very fascinating. It's more of a book directed toward teens, the main character in the book at the time is 16 and setting out by himself in the city of New York where he gets himself into situations which are kinda not what he planned. It's more of a book where you learn to go with the flow. it's very interesting and I can see why it is a classic.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Nope Couldn't really tell you why this is so renowned, it took me very long to get through it and it was not very interesting! Salinger is amazing, but I just did not enjoy this book.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it I am trying to broaden my reading and this is one classic that lives up to it! Great Read!
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Humorous The plot might not be the most intricate, but I definitely got a good laugh.
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Briliant Of course it's pretty slow at the start, but I find that a lot of books from this era are, but they're always worth the read. the first time I read this, I was in grade 8, and it totally blew my mind. It's been one of my favourite books ever since, and I will suspect it will remain one of my favourite books.
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Book of My Adolescent Years This booked changed my life. It has a very special place for me. Read it.
Date published: 2016-10-26

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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.