The Catcher in the Rye

Hardcover | July 16, 1951

byJ.D. SalingerAs told byJ.d Salinger

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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.

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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.

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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...

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...

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Format: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 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 5 out of 5 by from Classic Nothing more to say.
Date published: 2016-12-02
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 Good read it in high school
Date published: 2016-11-28
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 Favourite! Read this book in high school and it immediately stuck with me! It quickly became one of my favourites and I've read it over and over again since. I can never pin point exactly what it is that got me, considering the majority of people didn't enjoy it, but everytime I read it I get something different out of it.
Date published: 2016-11-20
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 4 out of 5 by from great read a friend recommended this book and i'm so glad i read
Date published: 2016-11-14
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
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book I read this a long time ago in High School (21 yo) but I know I actually enjoyed it. The themes and characters are strong & great. Good read.
Date published: 2016-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it !! I've read this novel twice and it is one of my favourites.
Date published: 2015-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! Very Funny!!! If you have an adolescent in your life. GET THEM THIS BOOK! Lock them in a room and listen at the door for all the laughter. It should never go out of print. It speaks to every adolescent heart and consciousness and is not condescending.
Date published: 2015-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 10/10 Legitness Read this book last year for my English class and its dope
Date published: 2015-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from must read if you want to understand youth read this
Date published: 2015-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it. It may not be a book for everyone, but if you read between the lines a bit it becomes really good. I understand why it's a classic.
Date published: 2015-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the Best Always a favourite.
Date published: 2015-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal I don't even understand why this is so good, I just know it is. I loved Holden Caulfield, but I know that a lot of people don't. I know that some people just don't like this book, but no matter what you think, it is bound to inspire some sort of reaction and you have to read it to find out what yours will be!
Date published: 2015-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Profoundly incredible! This book is a simple story but the symbolism takes it to a whole new level. I could deeply connect with Holden even though he was a tad introverted with sharing his thoughts. Definitely worth a re-read and many reads after that!
Date published: 2014-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not a Phony This book was smart, insightful and moody. The main character talked a lot about everyone being fake. He constantly changed moods. From hating someones guts to practically proposing, the character never seized to surprise.
Date published: 2014-05-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Relatable Read I recently finished reading The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. As weird as it sounds, I decided to read this book because it was Charlie’s favourite book in The Perks of Being a Wallflower. This made me want to see if The Catcher in the Rye was really that good. After reading it, I can say that it is. At first, this novel reminded me of The Perks of Being a Wallflower in that it told the story of someone’s seemingly mundane life. For example, this person was just going to school instead of fighting mythical creatures as most novels today portray. Don’t get me wrong though, the story was interesting and captivated my attention throughout with a storyline that was always moving. I would recommend this novel to any teenager looking for a relatable story. Google states themes of this novel as “teenage angst and alienation” something that most teens have to deal with at one point or another. This novel helps teens know that they are not alone and know that other people are going through the same thing.
Date published: 2013-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book is one of my absolute favorites. It is interesting and compelling and overall a great read.
Date published: 2013-06-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger This novel is written from a character’s mind that at times can be very difficult to understand, especially with Holden’s capability to always get lost in his thoughts. The style of writing lets you get lost in the never ending, subject changing abyss of Holden’s mind and emotions. I have read other reviews, and listened to comments on Catcher in the Rye and people say it’s a book that you either love or hate. I didn’t really love it or hate it honestly. Holden is unpredictable and doesn’t make too much sense most of the time, and there isn’t really a point to the story that I could find. That isn’t to say that there isn’t poetry throughout the story. According to me, Holden is just a depressed guy that wanders around trying to weed through his sadness. He is also a very hypocritical character which I found entertaining seeing as he does the very same things that he hates about other characters in the novel. To be honest, I don’t really know how to feel about this one, as well as I don’t understand how you could study this book in school. Then again, there is lots for a reader to interpret any which way you want. I think I’ll give Salinger a good 3 OUT OF 5 on this one. I enjoyed it but it’s not one of my favourites. Still, Catcher in the Rye is a classic, I think everybody should read it if they have a chance its not a heavy read. Check out my original book review blog for more titles and books, http://insubstanial.blogspot.ca/
Date published: 2013-05-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mixed feelings The Catcher in the Rye is definitely one of those books that you either love or hate. While reading, I found myself constantly waiting for a twist that would turn this book around and end it on a high note, but nothing came. I felt as if Holden's narrative was either relatable or extremely confusing and unclear, there was no balance or happy medium. After researching a bit about the book some of its main themes became more clear, and some of the quotes are interesting and inspiring. This is a novel that can either confuse or uplift you.
Date published: 2012-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best School Book Ever! I had to read this book for my independent study in English last year and I found it to be more relatable then the other books our schools suggest/ force us into reading. I got to choose what book I wanted to read and I chose this book due to the hype & my curiousity surrounding the blank covers. I found that the book has a overhype surrounding it but still a very good read. I would love to read it again in the near future.
Date published: 2011-08-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Eight Bookcases Check out my review of Salinger's book on my blog at: http://8bookcases.blogspot.com/2011/08/catcher-in-rye-by-jd-salinger.html
Date published: 2011-08-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A real let down. This book undoubtedly had plenty of hype over the past couple decades, which is why I thought I was sinking my teeth into a very interesting read. This book is taught in schools across the world because for some reason people think that teenagers will be able to relate to themes of the book (which include teen angst, rebellion, confusion, and search for identity) and will be drawn to reading. I think this book would do the opposite and turn teenagers OFF reading! I did not like it at all! I was actually extremely frustrated with the main character and the entire book in general, even though I am a male teenager myself. I don’t think this book represented “teen confusion”, but mere stupid immaturity experienced by a spoiled teenager with too much time on his hands. Firstly, I would say that this book is devoid of an actual plot as literally nothing happens in the entire novel. It’s 280 pages of non-stop mindless droning. The only reason I kept reading was because I thought it would pick up at the end, but it doesn’t. There was about one or two quotes that I liked but beyond that, it was incredibly boring and just not the book for me. I know a couple of people that adore this book though, so it honestly depends on your taste. The style of writing was a little interesting (very subjective first person), but it was overshadowed by the bad things in the book. The main character was frustrating, the plot was mind numbing, and it didn’t hit on any interesting ideas or controversial topics whatsoever. It was an incredible bore. I hope you can see this book in a different light that I did!
Date published: 2011-07-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Why hate Holden? So many people absolutely hate Holden Caulfield, and I don't really understand it. To me, he is a lost and confused teenager, and I felt more bad for him than anything because he really didn't seem to know what he was doing and was just looking for some sort of answers in the people around him, but wasn't receiving them.
Date published: 2011-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic for a reason. I love Holden, I find the more I read the book, the more I empathize and wish to embrace him adoringly. He is just so sad, so lost. Wonderful book, in my opinion. If you couldn't find the story, you're not looking in right places. You're not feeling his character, I guess. I found that the plot was a pivotal movement in what I thought a story could be. Lovely book.
Date published: 2010-10-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Can't believe this is referred to as a "classic" I've noticed, reading other reviews, that 50% of people LOVED IT and 50% DID NOT LOVE IT.... and I'm one that didn't. I thought there was absolutely no plot... I felt like I was reading some drunk's attempt at a short story for college. I was disappointed in this book. I wish I had something good to say but I felt this to be a waste of time. Sorry.
Date published: 2010-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. This book is BRILLIANT! I’ve never encountered this style of writing before and it took me by surprise! I couldn’t stop giggling all throughout the book because the writing style was refreshing and funny although the subject matter that it tackled was not funny at all. This book talks about a 17 year boy who is having trouble adapting to life and mostly to his brothers death and thus keeps getting kicked out from school after school. All throughout the book he questions life and the purpose of it all. The book starts by him getting kicked out of school again and it follows him for the next three days where he leaves school early and instead of going home wanders New York City. The readers see what’s going through this teenage boys mind ; how he hates everything because it all seems “phony” to him. His college friends are “phony” , his teachers are “phony” , his girlfriend is “phony”, life is “phony”. The only person he really likes who he thinks is real is his 10 year old sister who just “kills him” and his dead brother who he considers as his favorite person ever. I hardly ever get inspired to read aloud to someone but this book made me read many paragraphs to my husband, it makes you want to quote it all the time. I honestly could quote it forever. And the phrases the author uses in the book are cool. I feel like I want to say “it kills me” or “ I am not kidding” or “ I am serious” or ” if you want to know the truth” at the end of every sentence because the main character says these phrases all the time. This book kills me! I really felt as if a 17 year kid was talking all throughout the book. The confused thoughts, hating people one second and wanting to marry them the next, the crazy hormones all teenagers suffer from, the uncertainty of life and what he wants out of life.The angst and alienation that comes with being a teenager. No wonder “The novel was included on a 2005 Time Magazine list of the 100 best English-language novels written since 1923,[8] and it was named by Modern Library and its readers as one of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century“ This book is brilliant and it is a classic because even 59 years after it’s inception it still manages to be fresh and current. Love it. Give it the 2 thumbs up and I would love to read it again!
Date published: 2010-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Catch The death of J. D. Salinger is sure to evoke a familiar reaction in mainstream readers. These readers have read Catcher, forgotten it, and chosen to read it again in light of the death of its author. Or, the book has been recommended and ignored, but everyone else is reading it (in light of the author's death) which is reason enough to break your abstinence. And why not? Oprah hasn't recommended a book in ages and you need something to read. Phonies! Are you reading the book because it is a timeless classic? Or, are you reading the book because the author died, because everyone else is, because you want to follow the crowd? Hypocrites! Do you think this is what the author wants? "Sure, people are reading his books..." Wrong! People are reading for the wrong reason. The message is lost on the blind! "Sure, people are buying his book..." Wrong! Money is worthless to the dead! Is Salinger dead? NO! He is alive in these pages, and the pages of every published work. This isn't his only story, but it is the most obvious. Do you want to be obvious? Buy this book, you Fake!
Date published: 2010-01-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The Catcher In The Rye DO NOT read this book. it was the worst book i've ever read. it took me four month to finish it. And i've finished books in two hours. Boring and pointless. Don't read.
Date published: 2009-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Classic! I read this book in English class years ago and I'll admit the first time I read through it I didn't really think much of it. But - because I had to write a paper on Holden's nature and the symbolism the author uses to further describe Holden and his state of mind, I re-read it and it really is an amazing story about perception and Holden's unwillingness to mentality and emotionally mature into an adult. Some people argue that the plot is boring or whatnot but in all fairness the story in it's self is about Holden and the way he views the world. It's not for everyone but to each their own.
Date published: 2009-09-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Didn't live up to expectations In all honesty, i didn't think much of this book. I could sometimes relate to the main character, but most often i found him unrealiable and unconsistent.
Date published: 2009-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read First time reading this classic and couldn't put it down at times. Slow to get into for the first few chapters or so, but well worth the wait. Story about a young man who's coming to the climax of an emotional breakdown, and reminds oneself of past troubles at times. Must read for any fan of classic literature.. :)
Date published: 2009-06-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The Catcher in the Rye The book was alright, but I found it a bit boring at times. A male gets kicked out of school and lives in hotels to avoid telling his parents the truth. The ending, I found, did not have a very good conclusion. Even though this book is a "classic", I found there was a lack of events within the plot.
Date published: 2009-03-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Catcher in The Rye This book is quite good. I would recommend it towards the teen and Young adult section. I wouldn't recommend this towards a younger crowd mostly because of the language used in most pages.
Date published: 2009-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A classic. The book is truly a classic tale, where the reader will be able to relate with the main character, Holden Caulfield. I found this book to have little to no plot, but the character development of the main character made this book much more enjoyable. Without the relation to the character, I wouldn't recommend this book. It's one of those "You hate it, or you love it" kind-of books.
Date published: 2008-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Catcher in the Rye “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger is written in first person. Holden Caulfield tells the story of his expulsion from Pencey, a college preparatory school and of his experiences in New York City while he is missing in action. It is evident from the beginning of the book that Holden is about to crash and burn. Holden looks at everything as being phoney and has a negative outlook of his friends and teachers, but he does have a soft spot for his younger sister Phoebe, for a friend named Jane and for his family. Phoebe, Holden’s younger sister has a power over Holden, and she is able to understand him in ways others are not; I love it when Phoebe tells Holden to stop swearing (I often felt like telling him myself). Holden’s main reason for finally seeking the help he needs is Phoebe, though younger she is more mature than Holden in a number of areas and she rescues him from himself. By the end of the book, Holden is in a psychiatric hospital, which is a relief because it was painful to read about him falling apart and no one was smart enough to get him the help he needed. As much as I loathed Holden and his foul mouth and his hypocrisy, everything he hated in others was mirrored by his own actions and he was blind to it, I found I liked him and I wanted him to make things work out in the end. Kids unfortunately grow up and face situations that can no longer be blocked out by adults and the kids either survive them (some scarred) or they do not survive. Holden in the end does survive, but is scarred and his attitude seems little changed, but he is still breathing and I guess that is something.
Date published: 2008-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from must read I've been wanting to read this book for years. I loved it. You can't help but commiserate with Holden Caulfield and relate to him. He's so tangible and contemporary. Hard to believe this was written over fifty years ago but it is easy to imagine the controversy it caused over the years. JD Salinger is quite the avant-guardist. I recommend it to everyone.
Date published: 2008-11-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Completely dry... no plot I started out reading this book with high expectation and was tremendously let down. This book came highly recommended from an English teacher at my school and my friend who hates reading and loved it. I was extremely let down beyond all belief! This story really had no plot but was really only about the wanderings of a teenaged boy after his expulsion from a prep school and how much he hates to see changes everywhere he goes. I don't recommend this book. The only good thing about the book is the end... where you are finally done reading it and can actually move onto something interesting! I love reading but was always putting it off because I really hated this book which I was reading... it took me three weeks to read this! That is ridiculous!
Date published: 2008-10-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Nothing special I can see why at the time it was published that it was something special. It has good characterization; it is very well written and has an interesting style. The story on the other hand is offensive in places and very pedestrian. If it weren't for the writing style and fame I would not have finished it. By todays standards it is almost a childrens book though. Especially when you take into account the desensitization by todays media.
Date published: 2008-07-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Definitely a great read anytime I picked up this book a couple years ago, red a few chapters then put it back on my bookshelf. Last week, i took it out and started reading it again. I absolutely love it! Its a great story about the struggles of an academically challenged kid scared what his parents would think if they would have found that he got kicked out of school for the second time. The author does drag on situations but they do end up aiding in the development of Holden's character. I was in high school when I first picked it up. I put it back on the shelf because it was written years ago and I wanted tor read new books. Big mistake there. This is a timeless classic that people will relate to generations into the future. Many of us can say that we have come across characters like Ackley and Stradlater, and I don't think that will ever change. PICK IT UP AND READ IT!!!
Date published: 2008-06-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Book I've recently red this classic, it is a story about a sixteen year old young man who is kicked out of school. To avoid letting his parents know, he must stay away from home for a few days, so he decides to spend his time in New York City. This book follows the time that this young man spends away from home. I thought this book was good. The story line was interesting and quite humorous, although I thought the plot could have been a bit more exciting. None the less, I enjoyed reading this book, and I recomend it to anyone wanting to read a thought provoking novel.
Date published: 2008-06-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Painful... i'm not gonna lie (lol) Based on the reviews I've read... I'm now so confused! What did I miss? lol. ;) This just isn't my kind of book I guess... I really had a hard time getting through it. I actually remember feeling this exhilarating, wonderful feeling of accomplishment when it was done, like... "Yes!! I just conquered the most boring book of all time!!" lol. (I'm going to be crucified for this review... i can feel it... lol.) Truly though? Salinger obviously had something going considering the strong fan base for this book, I truly feel that I simply must have missed the point or something. lol
Date published: 2008-05-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Huh? Read this book for a book club and thought the book was okay. While the book had its moments and there were times I enjoyed it, I generally thought that the book was rather simplistic and the language was rather outdated, but the biggest concern was that there really was no plot to the storyline other than Holden bumming around NYC after being expelled from school. Best moment was the first scene with his sister.
Date published: 2008-03-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Alright... For all the hype there is about this book, I was extremely disappointed. Because there is so much talk surrounding the Catcher in the Rye, I thought I should give it a go. I found the main character extremely irritating and unrealistic. The plot line goes nowhere, and the writing in general was not at all what I was expecting.
Date published: 2008-02-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Must read more than once! I picked this book up last month, and frankly, after my first reading, I was thinking this book was vastly overrated. Holden had such a dim view of the world that it was depressing to read. I read it a second time, with a different mindset, and could begin to actually feel some sympathy (pity?) for him. I wouldn't call this an "enjoyable" read, but it is a classic!
Date published: 2008-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great book There's not much to be said that hasn't already been said about this book. The only thing I can add is that it is one of the best works of literature written. Equal parts alienating and frustrating, but entirely human, a must read.
Date published: 2008-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An absolute favourite By far one of the most memorable novels I have read. A moving story that is so real and so grounded in this world that one has no problem recognizing bits of own experiences in Salinger's narrative.
Date published: 2008-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not for Everyone There seem to be many that would disagree, but this book is a classic and is worth every penny. Salinger perfectly depicts a teenager that is not content with the world and finds solace in no one and in nothing. Haulden is trying to cope with difficult events which anyone would struggle to deal with. Personally, I believe that the pessimism that is so strongly brought forth in the novel makes it all the more appealing. The sorrow and anger which he feels is so strong that it is easily felt by the reader. It also makes you see the world in a different light; not everything is sunshine and roses and Salinger does not try to hide this fact, If anything, he repeatedly throws it out into the open.
Date published: 2007-12-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A teenager's sob story chalk full of complaints First off, I thought this book was absolutely horrible. I was forced to read it for my English class and hated every agonizing moment spent reading it. Don't get me wrong. I love reading and I believe that I enjoy a wide range of genres, but this was basically a sob story from a pessimistic teenager with such a narrow opinion of the world and the people around him. Why read something that overflows with negativity? I personally, don't like the idea of having the authors 'negativity' influence my thoughts (which it did, throughout the whole story I felt bitter and was in a constant bad mood). Holden, more or less, hates everything around him, yet refuses to do anything to change his situation. He gives up too easily and has zero drive and determination. All he ever does is complain. I am left to wonder why so many people enjoy this novel, and I know quite a few people who do enjoy it, though I do not understand the reasoning behind this, nor do I think I ever will.
Date published: 2007-07-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Worst book ever Personally I hated this book, and I think it was bad enough to use the word hate. I've always loved reading for as long as i can remember, and I've always found something in books that I like, and while I found a thing I liked, in this case that was only the end. That wasn't because it had a good ending either because it didn't, it just drops, it was because I didn't have to read it any more. I find his pessimistic views to be boring and enough to make me want to burn the book every chance I got, however I still had to read it for school so I didn't but I personally thought it was the biggest waste of time I had ever experienced from reading a book.
Date published: 2007-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The one that started it all This is the only book I read in high school and it has spawned a love of reading that is putting me in the poor house!!
Date published: 2006-08-01

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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.