The Catcher in the Rye Book Review

The Catcher in the Rye

Number of pages: 277

Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1

Rating (out of five stars): 2

I liked The Catcher in the Rye the most out of the books that I’ve had to read for English class in high school, but I guess that I don’t truly appreciate its “greatness”.

I’ve heard that Holden Caulfield is one of those characters that people either hate, or love, but I didn’t really lean either way. Some of his ideas and ways of thinking in different situations bothered me and I didn’t agree with them, but I didn’t hate him for it. I also liked the way he interacted with his little sister and I appreciated the fact that he didn’t like “phonies”, but he didn’t become my favorite character for it.

I am also one of those people who doesn’t like to dissect books (for example: the butterfly truly represented the little boy’s childhood innocence flying away) because it takes the fun out of reading (and also maybe the butterfly was simply a butterfly). The problem with The Catcher in the Rye is that to understand some of the story (especially when he mentions him being sick at the end) you kind of have to delve a little deeper and analyse every minute detail.

I was also bothered by the fact that Holden didn’t seem quite human. He didn’t have true character depth in my opinion.

Overall, thought that The Catcher in the Rye was OK. I therefore give it 2 stars.

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