Book Review: The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye, written by J. D.  Salinger, was a very interesting book for it seemed almost autobiographical. While not an actual autobiography, it had striking similarities to J.D Salinger’s life as he writes through the main character, Holden Caulfield. Both were born and raised in Manhattan, attended a prep school and struggled with grades. Like Holden, Mr. Salinger had many failed relationships, as well as a dislike of public life.

The story takes us through Holden Caulfield’s life as he begins to tell it from a mental institute in California. As Caulfield described the series of events that led him there, I began to pity him as I watched his life spin downwards and out of control. Holden has a low tolerance for many things, especially “phonies.” He isolates himself from others yet longs for a relationship. “It killed me,” was heard from Holden Caulfield numerous times during the book.

Reading this book taught me that the little things you say and do can mean a lot to others, and also not to act on impulse, which is what Holden does numerous times during the book. I would recommend this book to someone who is looking for an interesting novel, but has a high tolerance for narrow-minded people.

Megan, Teen Advisory Group
Northeast Branch

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