The Catcher In The Rye by J.D Salinger : Review

The Catcher in the RyeThe Catcher In The Rye by J.D Salinger


Genre : Young Adult

Summary : 

Holden Caulfield is a seventeen- year-old dropout who has just been kicked out of his fourth school. Navigating his way through the challenges of growing up, Holden dissects the ‘phony’ aspects of society, and the ‘phonies’ themselves: the headmaster whose affability depends on the wealth of the parents, his roommate who scores with girls using sickly-sweet affection.

My Thoughts 

Oh , what a waste of time. 

Let me make myself clear , I’m a teen and I went into this book with perfect expectations of trying to identify with Holden. How could I not expect that when all other teens are raving about how they saw themselves in Holden ? But here’s what in found : Holden was a dumb guy pretending to understand how the society works . In fact , everyone that he meets turns out to be ‘ phony ‘. Oh my dear child , but did anyone ever tell you just how superficial and phony you yourself are ?

Holden is arguably the worst character ever created . If Holden is an example of a typical teen , I might as well consider myself well and truly aged and withering. He is disgusting for the way he is self centered and can’t really grow up . Imagine meeting a person who can only whine for days and nothing else and try identifying with them . If you can’t do that , I can’t imagine why anyone would connect with Holden in anyway .

Let’s also not forget the story that was as awful as the protagonist . Well the plot is…Oh wait ! Omg I lost the plot ! Or was it even there ? Seriously , though, what is the plot ? . All that really happened in the book is Holden swearing , drinking , dancing , and the cycle repeats . I bought a book to read about someone drinking and dancing ?? Honestly ??!

I don’t know how this book made to one of the 100 best books of 20th century , but I declare this the most overrated book that could ever exist . I don’t wish this book upon anyone

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18 thoughts on “The Catcher In The Rye by J.D Salinger : Review

  1. I have to agree with you on this one. I read this as a teen fifteen years ago. It was just as strange and unrelatable then, trust me. I didn’t get it, and I couldn’t understand why it was considered a classic.
    I feel ya, hun.

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    1. I am not a fan of the old man and the sea… but I would say I can see the point of that book . This book doesn’t really seem to hold a point . What one person classifies as good literature might not seem to be good lit to another . On what basis do you think this book deserves to be called good ?

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  2. It is not my classification; others think so. One may raise the issue why Van Gogh’s paintings are aesthetic. Perhaps we have a trivial way of classifying items. To answer your question I would say that the literary community agrees about the standard of certain books. We’re merely layperson with no justifiable ground for arguing otherwise. This doesn’t mean we don’t have our point of view; if we can justify it; it might be acceptable. Some academics guard standards while others surpass them; there are generally two types of academics: the guardian of knowledge and the creators. I am neither.

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    1. I did not ask why it is considered good literature by the literary community . I only asked why you think this book is good . I’m not a literary expert either but I do believe everyone must have opinions on literature . To me , this book just doesn’t belong in the shelf of ‘good’ for a lot of reasons. I merely ask for your opinion of the book .

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  3. Wow, you really put me on the stop. I will try to express my opinion without talking about myself. In about one hundred pages, Hemingway tells us how an old man’s struggles with a fish, marlin. He, Santiago, hooks the fish and pulls it to shore, but he only to sees its skeleton. It’s a simple, not easy, read with a single scene unfolding itself like an onion. For a dangling mind, it is boring like Catcher in the Rye, but both books are simple and short. It is believed that books show the working of the human minds, and this is positive.

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    1. Do they really represent how the human minds work , I wonder . Don’t you think it is simply impossible to capture all the details of the human nature ? And I simply do not see how the Catcher in the Rye might tell me of the intricate human mind , in any way .


  4. Creativity and the processes of thinking are mental. A book is a manifestation of mental activities; several factors influence thinking, say, environment, and spatio-temporal predication. Don’t take a book as being prescriptive; it is also normative, and the latter is of importance..

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    1. If looking into somebody’s thinking is the idea of a book showing the working of human mind , I could very easily claim that all books with first person narrative are representative of mental activity . But that isn’t so . Normative is a standard , something to relate to . Catcher in the Rye certainly didn’t show me a normative young mind .


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