The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger (review by Agata S. ’15)

The Catcher in the RyeThe Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye is a 1945 novel that focuses on the adventures of a slightly lunatic teenage boy named Holden Caulfield. Once the rebellious protagonist is ousted from Pencey Prep, a select boarding school in Pennsylvania, he returns to New York and does whatever he pleases, always acting on impulse. Although the plotline presents potential at the beginning of the novel, the bipolar sixteen-year old does not develop as a person. Frankly, he drones on about how everyone is phony and life is depressing. Inevitably, since the book is solely focused on Holden, the story itself grows dull and predictable. Unless a reader believes that he or she can connect with a character who is constantly detached, I would not recommend reading The Catcher in the Rye. – Agata S. ‘15

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