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The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye
Author: J. D. Salinger
J. D. Salinger's famous and enduring chronicle of Holden Caulfield's journey from innocence to experience is the quintessential coming-of-age novel--though it's an unusual one, in which the hero tries to cling to the simplicity of childhood, achieving a kind of maturity almost in spite of himself. As the novel begins, Holden runs awa...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780316769488
ISBN-10: 0316769487
Publication Date: 5/1/1991
Pages: 214
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 1971 ratings
Publisher: Little, Brown
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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castelli avatar reviewed The Catcher in the Rye on + 11 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 11
Although this is a classic, and the familiar title tends to turn people away.. I still love it.

If you read for entertainment, this might not appeal to you. But if you love to get more than skin deep into a book, this one has ALL of the elements for you!

The adolescent hyppocrasy of the main character throughout the book is something to look for. The symbolism of crossing roads, leaving behind the innocence of childhood-- all battles this rebellious, troubled, multiple attempt at private-school student battles. An easy read for anyone above the age of 15... Truly worth it. A must read.

And finding out why this book is told through the eyes of the main character towards the end is worth finishing the book for. It's a thinker.
Bibliocrates avatar reviewed The Catcher in the Rye on + 252 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
I read this book simply because it is considered a 20th-century classic. I wasn't sure what to expect when I started it. I was not at all impressed. I kept waiting for something major to happen to Holden, for a story, but I realized toward the end that nothing really was going to happen, no story here! It was very memoir-like in that respect, almost pointless. At times I was a bit annoyed with the narrative, perhaps due to its adolescent voice. This book was only mildly entertaining. I may have appreciated this book more if I had read it back in high school. I'm glad I finally read it, but I can't say that I'd recommend it!
reviewed The Catcher in the Rye on + 9 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
I read this in High School and then reread it again recently. It was still entertaining the second time around.
reviewed The Catcher in the Rye on + 6 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
One of the greatest literary pieces in modern history, a must-read!
reviewed The Catcher in the Rye on + 40 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Perhaps I would have related more had I read this one in high school, but as a 30+ year old female, this book held little interest for me. I read it at the suggestion of my husband who thought it was brilliant, and I just found it to be okay. This is one of those books I would pick up and read if I had no other options. The mindset of a disenchanted cynical teen boy is hardly something I call interesting, and his actions throughtout the story were more disappointing and fruitless than interesting to me. And why anyone would consider this book for censorship is beyond me. A rather boring story about a rather boring outcast of a boy is hardly cause for concern.
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sagesnapdragon avatar reviewed The Catcher in the Rye on + 4 more book reviews
This is an excellent book, full of glorious teenage angst. It is a great read that reminds us that sometimes our feelings are not caused by one thing or another, but are valid nonetheless.
ReadswhenIcan avatar reviewed The Catcher in the Rye on + 66 more book reviews
Okay, so I had the chance to finally read this book. Not sure what all the fuss is about though. Seems like it's kind of flat to me.

So it's about this kid named Holden Caulfield. To me, he just seemed like a typical, lazy teenager who can't seem to get his life together. He doesn't like school, he doesn't like other people, he's depressed, and he's sexually inept.

I'm not sure if this why this book was banned other than the language for the 1950's was probably too harsh, but I found it fairly tame compared to other books written today. It definitely doesn't hold up to today's standards of writing.

It was an okay book, I liked it. Would I recommend it? Not really, unless you are one that wants to read banned books and or controversial books of the times. Otherwise I would pass and read something a little more substantial.
reviewed The Catcher in the Rye on + 3 more book reviews
I read this in high school and wanted to revisit it. I was disappointed because I found that it did not make the transition to present day very well. As a mental health counselor I did find the presentation of the protagonist's slow desent into an emotional break down well done.I can appreciate why it is considered a classic when considering the time in which it was written.

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