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

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*This Blog is a book review of The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Rating out of 10:  8/10

Type: Fiction

Genre: Teen novel

Readability:  moderate to difficult. This book features a lot of slang and is written very haphazardly as the storyline is meant to be a dictation from the main character (a teenage boy). This book is like a conversation and at times the pace moves quickly but the language used makes it a little hard to keep up.

Discussion: The Catcher in the Rye is a popular book for high school students to read because of its core concepts about coming-of-age and finding-ones-place. The book is very memorable with a main character named Holden Caulfield who undergoes the woes of teenage hood and questioning his education, his upbringing and society. It has been debated as to what the title actually means but this is not revealed until the end of page 179 when Caulfield is talking to his sister about a dream he keeps having. The Catcher in the Rye has some funny moments, awkward moments, sad moments and uplifting moments. Throughout the book the reader is constantly at odds about whether to like or dislike Holden Caulfield on his choice of actions, but is constantly reminded that he is just a teenage boy.  The book does feature an interesting writing style which was synonymous to Salinger and this became Salinger’s most popular book.

Audience: Teenage audience and up.

Conclusion: Great book but I don’t feel the need to read it again.


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