The Catcher in the Rye

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The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D Salinger is a coming to age novel. As the title indicates the novel’s main “moral of the story,” situation is preventing teens from falling off the cliff(metaphorically of course), or in other words protecting the innocence of teens.

The novel is about a pretty angry and depressed sixteen year old boy named Holden Caulfield, who lives in an unnamed boarding school institution in California. Holden recalls and retells the previous events that occured before Christmas. These previous events begin at the prep school he used to go to in Pennsylvania, which he gets expelled from. After getting expelled he is confused, and begins searching for truth, eventually leaving the school early before Christmas break without anyone knowing. He is against the “phoniness” of the adult world. After all of this he ends up exhausted and even more depressed than before. But in the end he realizes that he needs people, especially people who he loves.

Holden has a pretty dark and gloomy perspective of the world; and cannot stand anyone at the prep school he used to go to. He is also pretty impulsive and makes last minute and rather foolish decisions. This novel uses the first person literary style, Holden is the narrator, and everything is in his perspective. Moving on to a more formal analysis.

In my opinion the book is pretty good and shows how teens especially who are going through depression, rebelliousness, etc, pretty accurately. Even though the character development is pretty up and down, it is realistic in the sense that a person in real life goes through a lot of ups and downs in life. I don’t really have a favorite character, some of the characters I even really disliked. The characters were portrayed in a way that made them seem very flawed and messed up; also Holden the main character was unlikable in many instances, just because of his questionable decisions. But than again this is what makes the book realistic.

The main themes in this book are: coming to age(Holden is transitioning from boyhood to manhood), protection of innocence(I explained this above), loneliness(Holden is often incredibly lonely and lost, but even when he try’s get out of this state he constantly sabotages himself), and mental instability(I wouldn’t really call this a theme but this is so prevalent in the novel that I had to add it).

Would I recommend this book? Yes! I wouldn’t recommend this novel to anyone who is sensitive to topics such as depression and other mature themes. I would recommend this novel for a 14+ age group, just because their are a lot of mature messages, and some inappropriate moments. Also there is a lot of profanity, I mean a lot! I was actually surprised, since this novel was published in the 40s. So be warned. But overall it’s a good book and in my opinion accurately portrays the perspective of some teens.

Thank you for reading

-Dreamer

Oh quick thing, do any of you guys have any cool book recommendations? I am out of books to read, lol. Any recommendations are much appreciated.

Thanks

15 Comments

  1. I have a few recommendations:
    1. I read 1984 by George Orwell for school a year ago. I didn’t think it would be a good book, well, because the books read for school are typically boring. Anyway, it was someone kind of foreseeing the future from the early 1900s in a totalitarianism society. It’s similar to what we are living in now with the “pandemic,” but less aggressive and obvious.

    2. The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas is a young adult, fantasy book. Romance, mystery, suspense are contained in the books. Also, later on in the series, it contains more mature scenes. I highly suggest the book. Actually all of Maas books I highly suggest. Even the ones that I didn’t particularly like was really well written and interesting.

    3. Ever Alice by H. J. Ramsay was something I read recently. It a version of Alice in Wonderland after she went to Wonderland.

    Sorry if the recommendations kind of had vague explanations. I didn’t want to spoil anything.

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  2. I don’t know what exactly you like your books to be like, but here are a few ideas…

    1. Heartless and Moonblood by Anne Elisabeth Stengl; they’re like fantasy and sorta romance
    2. Divergent series by Veronica Roth; I haven’t actually started reading these yet, but my sister’s reading the first book and says its pretty interesting. They’re set in futuristic times, I don’t know if you like that kind of thing
    3. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir; I wouldn’t recommend this book for anyone below age 14 or so, because there is some bad stuff in there.
    4. Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins is pretty good; it’s sci-fi and honestly some parts of it are a bit creepy, but the books are pretty good (so are the movies)
    5. Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George; I haven’t finished this yet, but it’s quite interesting so far. It’s based on Norwegian fairytale or folklore or something like that

    A few ideas 😅 I don’t know if this kind of books interest you, but these are some I’ve read or started to read and found quite interesting.

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    1. I had to say this after you said An Ember in the Ashes. I’m currently reading the last book in series, A Sky Beyond the Storm. Super good series!

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  3. Omg! This sounds really interesting! I am going to have to see if i can get a copy of it! My book recommendation would… dun dun dunnnnn, ‘Frankenstein’ by Mary Shelley. I have just started reading it and I love it so much already!!

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