The Catcher in the Rye

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

The story was told with a first-person narrative style by 16 years old confused, hate-the-world boy named Holden. It was dull at first because Holden tent to going on and on about one unrelated subject and then jump into another unrelated subject. But once you get used to Holden’s way of talking, it gets pretty bearable. He was so depressed and confused for no apparent reason. Despite the fact that he get kicked out of his school, his life was quite OK. I mean he has a complete parents and all that, but still he is confuse as hell. He hates school, in fact he hates lot of things for no apparent reason. Reading this book is like getting tossed around inside Holden’s mind. His change of mood was depressing. The way he speaks with all the slang and the repetitiveness and over-emphasize things was not hard to follow but nevertheless a little dull. We get to see his opinion on many things although it is not very clear most of the time. Near the end, I think Holden finally comes around – when he decided to go somewhere and his little sister decided to come with him. He think about how his sister will missed out on school and everything and finally decided to stay. We don’t get to see the end, it stops there when Holden finally comes around.
The point of this book, I think, is to give us a peek at how teenager’s mind works.
As I am no longer a teenager, nor living in New York around 50’s, I don’t feel related whatsoever to this book. The one thing I like is how things finally comes around naturally near the end. How, despite all the depressing thoughts of Holden’s in almost the entire book, finally, at the end, we know things will be just fine. That it is just a phase, I think.
It was a good book but not the kind of book that I will read over and over again.

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