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The Catcher in the Rye

605 Ratings: 2.9
A novel by J. D. Salinger.

The Catcher in the Rye is a 1951 novel by J. D. Salinger. Originally published for adults, it has since become popular with adolescent readers for its themes of alienation and rebellion. It has been translated into almost all of the world's major … see full wiki

Author: J.D. Salinger
Genre: Classic
Date Published: July 16 1951
71 reviews about The Catcher in the Rye
review by . June 23, 2010
As a college student, I can still easily recall reading "The Catcher in the Rye" for English class during my sophomore year of high school.  J.D. Salinger's coming-of-age story spoke to me-- it spoke to all of us who read it.  No one really reads the books in sophomore year English class at a public high school. But everyone, and I mean everyone, read this book, willingly, every word of it.      I don't want to give spoilers, but the story is that …
review by . June 14, 2010
The Catcher in the Rye will always be one of my favorite books. His writing style is very unique in that there are so many elements that draw the reader in immediately. There truly is nothing else like it out there. J.D. Salinger created the perfect literary character in Holden Caulfield and by the end of the novel you feel like he's one of your very own life long friends because the way he feels is so relatable. Many of us will probably never get into the situations that he manages to, but …
review by . July 02, 2010
              Well, It wasn't the most interesting book I've ever read but it's special like all the other books I read when I was younger in school. I read it again not long ago. I found a lot more humor in it than when I was younger. I remember thinking a long time ago how the book would just drag on and on and there wasn't much of a point to the story. Now I realize what a great novel it is and how wonderfully written it is.   …
review by . July 30, 2010
Holden Caulfield, the main character of J.D. Salinger's novel is a teen age boy filled with angst that we can all relate to at some point in our lives. Holden Caulfield like many of his age is bored with his current life. Living at an all boy school, nothing too exciting happens for him. Seeking something more, he leaves and goes on an adventure throughout New York City. The duration of the story is about a full day, but it is the most action packed day that ensures Caulfield enough life …
review by . July 01, 2010
The Catcher In The Rye is a controversial book both due to its content and the amount of profanity and because of the writing style. Is it a great book written in a satirical style? Is it a poor book written by a subpar author? That's really up to you to decide although in my case I feel it's the former. It's a short story written in a very novel fashion - as if the main character, Holden Caulfield, was telling you the story rather than you reading it. This brings an interesting perspective …
review by . July 10, 2010
   As so many other young American high schoolers were, I was assigned to read The Catcher in the Rye. I had heard good things and my teacher had said this was considered an influential book. As I began reading I found a very whiny, angst-filled boy lacking adult direction. As the book continued little change. Holden annoyed me and I do not feel bad for him. His fate was of his own doing and whining about it doesn’t help the situation. I feel like this book gave a lot of people …
review by . July 21, 2010
     Like many who have come before me and are sure to come after me, I had heard many good things about The Catcher in the Rye. Going into it, I had heard that it had been placed on the banned book list at one point due to the profanity of language and certain adult themes that were presented.. However, upon finally reading it recently, I found it quite disappointing. It seemed like countless other coming of age tales which star a rebellious teen who gets kicked out of school …
review by . July 02, 2010
The Catcher in the Rye will always hold a special place in my heart.  I read it in High School, and I can remember thinking "when are we going to get to the point of this story!?"  Then I read it again, in college, and saw so much more.  In the few years between readings, I watched so many people experience some of the same frustrations as Holden Caulfield; the story finally made sense.

      My favorite character every time I’ve read this book …
review by . March 01, 2010
Teenager Holden Caulfield has just been expelled from yet another prep school for failing his classes and having a really bad attitude. This story recounts his adventures and observations during a weekend on his own in New York City.       I remember being quite shocked at Holden's anti-social thoughts and non-stop profanity and not liking him at all when I first read this book. It was a pleasure to reread it forty years later and find that my feelings for him had changed …
Quick Tip by . August 08, 2010
Strange, tormented book...but grows on you towards the end.
Quick Tip by . July 26, 2010
Don't let the hype about the book get in the way. It is a solid treatment about the universal and perpetual teenage blend of apathy and angst.
review by . July 22, 2010
This is normally a book required to be read in school.  That's where I learned about it.  But it has great teachings about everyday living.  The Catcher in the Rye' is a book told by the character Holden Caulfield, a seventeen-year old high school drop out. By failing all but one of his school subjects, he manages to escape the highly structured academic environment and the demands placed upon him by teachers and other students. Before he decides to face up to his parents, …
Quick Tip by . July 17, 2010
The main character is both interesting and boring all at the same time. You can find him on any college campus but the way he narrates his own life keeps you reading.
Quick Tip by . July 16, 2010
This is one of those works that means something special to just about everybody that read it in highschool, which may lend it the air of being overrated. This is far from the truth, this is a seminal work that everyone should read.
Quick Tip by . July 15, 2010
I loved the first half and laughed out loud often, but by the end I was so tired of the main character's attitude (which is the point) but it made the end drag for me.
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
Everyone should read this book, whether they must read it in school or not.
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
I love stream of consciousness, but I really cared nothing for Holden Caulfield, so his constant whining got a little annoying for me. If you're 16 and think you're pretty alternative you'll probably love it though.
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
I did like this book, however, I don't believe that it is as great of a book as everyone else seems to think. It is a decent read though.
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
Kind of a weird book with a sad character. I guess it is a really famous book and some people really like it. I just found it a little odd, but short enough, and probably worth reading for curiosity's sake.
Quick Tip by . July 08, 2010
Voice is by far the strongest aspect of this novel. It is my hope that out of the unfortunate event of Salinger's passing comes the unveiling of more works of genius.
Quick Tip by . July 08, 2010
Excellent book, entertaining. Like Fitgerald, there is a commentary on the underbelly of being a white, monied kid from the City... but there are many other layers to unfold in this masterpiece!
Quick Tip by . July 08, 2010
I hated this book. I had to read it for school and I was so annoyed! Plus it has way too much swearing in it!
Quick Tip by . July 06, 2010
While I admit J. D. Salinger is a great author, and his style is very well developed, I just don't like this book much.
Quick Tip by . July 05, 2010
After this, you should check out nine stories.
review by . August 09, 2009
My favorite class in high school was always English, because I was usually interested in what we were reading.  One book I always wanted to read for English class was The Catcher in the Rye.  I never got to read it for English.  And in return most of my friends complained.  Who could blame them?  Reading for pleasure is always much more enjoyable than reading for duty.  About a year after I graduated high school, I found myself reading The Catcher in the Rye.  …
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