Book Review - The Catcher In The Rye

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The Catcher In The Rye Book Review
Hello Lovelies,
Today's post is going to be a book review on The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger. This classic is my favourite book of all time which is why I have decided to share my thoughts on it with you all on my blog today!
The Catcher In The Rye is very easy to read. The first time I read this book I was about 13 years old. Over the years I have re read this book several times and I can still relate to it as much today as I could when I was a teenager haha!
The Catcher in the Rye is set in the USA in the 1950s and is written from the point of view of Holden Caufield, a 16 year old boy who has been kicked out of his posh boarding school. Instead of immediately returning home and explaining to his parents what has happened, Holden spends a few days doing, well not a lot really, in New York.
Now if you haven't read The Catcher In The Rye you may be wondering what's the point in reading a book about a guy who spends a few days doing very little in New York. Let me tell you, this book is actually hilarious and definitely not pointless! It's centred all around the very complex character that is Holden Caufield. Holden is a bit of a pessimist who sees the worst in most things and hates almost everything. My friends would probably tell you Holden sounds bit like me really haha! I can certainly emphasise with this very negative 16 year old teenager anyway. Holden is a very simple, funny character who narrates everything that he considers is wrong with the world. The thing that Holden seems to despise the most is definitely "phonieness", and there are many examples of this throughout the book.
The Catcher in the Rye is written in American slang and contains some swearing, which makes Holden's character all the more believable. You certainly wouldn't expect a miserable 16 year old who hates everything to speak the Queen's English now, would you! Although Holden struggles quite a bit in the real world and seems to hate people, but he is also a kind person which you can tell through his relationship with his siblings, especially his younger sister Phoebe.
I have so many favourite quotes from this book, so here are just a couple:

“I am always saying "Glad to've met you" to somebody I'm not at all glad I met. If you want to stay alive, you have to say that stuff, though.”

“All morons hate it when you call them a moron.” 

The Catcher In The Rye is quite a short book to read and it ends quite abruptly. Towards the end of the book it becomes clear that Holden is spending some time at a mental health facility. You could say the whole book is a journey through a mental breakdown that Holden appears to be having.
If you enjoy reading books that are set around a narrator's character, then I definitely would recommend getting yourself a copy of Catcher In The Rye!
Have you read this classic? What are your thoughts on it?
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  1. Such a nice review you have done on The Catcher in the rye. I love its story plot. Now finally my craving for some good story novel would be satisfied!


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