The Catcher in the Rye

JD Salinger starts off his novel, Catcher in the Rye, with an introduction to Holden Caulfield, an angsty teen who can’t seem to find value in any of the education he has received of the relationships he has made over the course of his life. Despite his transitions from boarding school to boarding school, Holden finds extreme trouble finding purpose with his life. His constant search for satisfaction leads him to travel back to his home city of New York while keeping his family in the dark of his recent expulsion from school.

His journey causes him to contemplate moving out west and working or leaving to go upstate and leaving his family behind. Only his sister Phoebe is aware that he has returned to the city and she begs him not to leave and even tries to leave with him. It seems that Phoebe is the only real thing he cares about in his adolescent life.

While continually frustrated with Holden, I do admire the love he has for his sister and the value he places within their relationship. That being said, Holden consistently created his own problems and never really did anything to solve any of them. However, this constant frustration generated interest on my part and kept me turning the page to see what Holden would do next. Overall, the book was a solid read. Not an all-time favorite, but not a waste of time. 6/10 would recommend.


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