Catcher in the Rye

by JD Salinger

The novel, Catcher in the Rye, tells the story of a wandering boy and his many encounters after being expelled from a prestigious private school. Set in 1950's New York, this story follows the cynical protagonist, Holden Caulfield, as he attempts to make sense of the many values of life.

The book, to sum it up in one word, was quite pretentious. Not to say that it was bad because it most certainly was not. The writing itself was masterful in its complex symbolism and metaphors. The main character, however, could be infuriating at times with most of his decisions being unrealistic at best and idiotic at worst.

The book is definitely an acquired taste. Some people may absolutely love it and some absolutely despise it. To each their own. Personally, I would recommend this book to others just so they could formulate their own opinions on it. To anyone who likes coming of age and self-discovery stories, you might want to try this one.

Hannah, 16


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