The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye

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Apr 13, 2021

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger is a must read classic! Following the notorious protagonist, Holden Caulfield, on his escape from his prestigious boarding school, the novel touches on important themes of loss, growing up, alienation, mental illness, and death. While it is a short read, the novel is filled with an interesting adventure, in only a few days, and allows for the reader to learn a lot about the life of Holden and why he is how he is. Catcher has been a favourite target of censorship for decades, making the banned book an interesting read due to its content and explanation. I would generally recommend this book to others, and not because I truly liked it, but because it is just a classic novel that all should read. Salinger is a great author and genuinely interesting person, and I can see why people like Catcher, but it is not the greatest book I have ever read. Holden is a very interesting, yet off-putting protagonist, which in my opinion, makes the book a more difficult read. Overall, I would rate The Catcher in the Rye a 2/5 stars! It is a fine and renowned classic, but not the best classic I have ever read.
@readingmouse of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

I have to say, when I first started reading this book, I was a little skeptical because, in my opinion, the beginning pages of this book were quite boring. Though the more I read, the more intrigued I got, because of the main characters traits. I liked how the book flipped back and forth between past and present tense. I liked the author's writing techniques for this book. The author hyperbolized many of main character’s actions throughout the book. In the end, I enjoyed this book and would recommend this book to young adults, because it has given me a different perspective on school, learning, and people. It made me realize that everyone needs someone they can lean on, even though you may not think so. I gave this book 3.5 stars as the author could have hooked the reader a bit more from the beginning, and not wait until a few chapters in!
@Leafyreads of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

This was a book I read for school that I ended up enjoying because the tone it carries was different to other books I normally read. This book was very slow paced and carried a sense of loom and gloom that I personally enjoyed because I feel like it's something that a lot of teens can relate to at one point. To me it seemed like Holden's world view was very grey, he was very pessimistic and got upset over simple things. To others it might seem ridiculous but as a teen myself I can say that at times I can relate to him because the world does not always feel like all rainbows and sunshine. Another thing that I enjoyed was how Holden carried a sense of dissatisfaction throughout the whole book but towards the end when he made Phoebe happy with the carousel, he became happy and it seemed like he carried a slight interest in the future. This is another thing I can relate to, my interactions with people affect how my mood goes quite a lot (im sure that is the same for others as well), when i am able to make other people enjoy stuff or feel satisfaction it makes me lighten up but if i am talking to people who carry a tone of anger/aggressiveness it becomes tough to continue being optimistic. That being said, I do not think that this book is for everyone and not everyone can enjoy it but I believe that those that do enjoy it can really appreciate it quite well.
@BookYourBooks of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

CMLibrary_DJeffrey Apr 08, 2021

Holden's obnoxious but he makes a few good points.

Mar 30, 2021

A lauded literary classic, JD Salinger depicts the story of young narrator Holden Caulfield after getting kicked out of school. It shows two days in the life of this 16-year-old boy, embarking on an expedition to find the truth in life, adamantly opposed to anything fake or phony in the real world. After Holden leaves his prep school, Pencey, saying good riddance to his fellow classmates and teachers, he wanders around New York City with a bit of money to spare, for he cannot go home without getting in trouble with his parents. He engages in a variety of adult-like activity, such as drinking and going to nightclubs. Along the way, he reveals elements of his family and tragic past, most notably the death of his younger brother, Allie. He seeks to speak with his younger sister, Phoebe, embarking on a small adventure of their own.

Although this is a fairly easy read, as it is told from the perspective of a sixteen-year-old boy with a youthful perspective on the world, the message behind it is far greater. The story focuses on the loss of innocence of children, a problem that is far too relevant in today’s society. Holden has no ambitions for the real world, only to be “the catcher in the rye,” saving other children from falling off a cliff, which can be interpreted as the perils of adulthood. In a world full of phonies and fakes, Holden longs to preserve the innocence in the world, especially for his sister Phoebe. While the plot does tend to drag on in some parts, it reveals an important message in the modern world.

This is definitely a must-read, especially for those who feel nostalgic, longing for the innocence of their childhood. Since this book deals with sensitive topics, such as drinking, sex, and prostitution at a young age, it is important to proceed with caution. Overall, I highly enjoyed this book as a light read with a deeper meaning, finding humor in Holden’s truthful worldview.

Age rating: 15+
Book rating: 5 stars

Barrie_Teen_Lists Mar 24, 2021

Being someone who doesn’t often read I found the book The Catcher In The Rye to be quite enjoyable. The main reason I chose to read the book is because my younger sister is named after the character Phoebe, who in the book is the perfect sister to the main character Holden Caulfield.

The main premise of the story is Holden is kicked out of a school named Pencey and he embarks on an adventure around New York while he waits for his parents to receive the letter of him being kicked out. The book won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but I found myself not wanting to put the book down after a couple chapters. I also like the way the main character is afraid to say what he thinks.

The book is told from Holden’s point of view several years later. Holden is unsure about his future and is quite lazy, being the main reason he has been kicked out of three schools. However I think Holden is quite intelligent which is evident in the way he thinks. The book has frequent use of profanity from beginning to end, which is probably to make Holden's character more relatable to teenagers.

Many teenagers are unsure about their future and I personally found it interesting to see someone else's struggle in becoming an adult, the pressure to succeed and get a good job. Although the book was published in 1951 it was still an “Instant Classic” for me and one I am looking forward to re-reading in the future.

Mar 08, 2021

The Catcher in the Rye, written by J.D Salinger follows Holden Caulfield’s journey of his own emotions after being kicked out of a major Preparatory school. This story is written in a way where it seems like Holden is talking directly to the reader. This story follows his stream of consciousness, we see Holden in a different light every time he experiences something new or different. We see how certain questions keep coming up and reminding him of his sad past. This book is an amazing read and had me thinking. This book is extremely adult, I recommend this book to an age group of 13 or over.

Jan 30, 2021

Catcher in the Rye is a good book to read. It is very enjoyable to read. The characters are well written and you feel like you know the main character very well. Catcher in the Rye is set in 1950s New York city and Pennsylvania. The main character is Holden Caulfield. He is a 17 year old boy who is a student. He shares with the reader his view on the world and people. It was overall very enjoyable to read. I highly recommend this for anyone looking for a quick read that looks at psychology of the time period.

Jan 17, 2021

I really liked this book when I read it as a teen in high school. I read it again in my middle age, and found Holden to be an annoying whiner. The book hasn't changed, I have.

Jan 15, 2021

The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger is a coming-of-age novel featuring the main character, angsty 16 year old Holden Caulfield, and his depressing, sarcastic outlook on life. The book is entertaining to read through the lens of his cynical and boring tone, and sort of mocks the nuances of life. His misadventures in trying to find himself and escape his old life is captivating to read and provides an entertaining, and at times hilarious read. There are many moments with content that is not appropriate for children, so I would recommend 15+ for the reader demographic.

Nov 22, 2020

The Catcher in the Rye Book Review
When Holden Caulfield gets expelled from another school right before the Christmas break, he is challenged to spend a few days on his own without his parents finding out about his expulsion. Holden jumps around New York City reconciling with old teachers and friends and meeting up with them at cafes and pubs. He checks into a hotel and lives off of the little money he has left, barely being able to feed himself. His day to day becomes an unexpecting adventure with him calling up and getting into payment troubles with a prostitute, sneaking into his little sister’s room at night, and even underage drinking and smoking. By the end of the book, Holden tries to explain to the readers about how he’s trying to get better and mentions his concerns about going back to school when it restarts. This allows the readers to wonder where Holden may be in that moment and how he may be feeling. I recommend this book to people between the ages of 15-18, because there are mentions of heavier topics. Still, the book is a fantastic read and is full of adventure and emotion. The author is able to illustrate the plot and characters so well that we are able to feel a personal connection to Holden and see deeper into everything that takes place. The book is very interesting and I most definitely recommend the book to people who enjoy new experiences.

Nov 12, 2020

If I had to describe this book with one word, I would say “intriguing.” Having read this book in my English class and being a sucker for deep analysis, I enjoyed this book quite a bit because of all the metaphors and hidden meanings the book has. Catcher captures a few days in the life of Holden Caulfield, a complicated character who most people dislike. But don’t let that deter you from reading this novel! I found myself relating to Holden many times as I read and gained new perspectives of my life from him, and I bet that you will too. Salinger created a book that can make you think about your world differently- just give it a chance!

Oct 27, 2020

Holden Caulfield is a young man undergoing treatment in a mental hospital in the 1950s. The story begins after Holden’s classes at Pencey in which he already failed four out of five. He is being expelled and is scheduled to go back to Manhattan 3 days later. Back in his dorm, an already irritated Holden learns that his roommate, Stradlater has been going out with his ex. When Stradlater returns, Holden attacks him and ends up with a bloody nose. Having enough of Pencey, Holden decides to go to Manhattan early and stay in a hotel. I like this book because of the interesting plot and constant drama. The character development in Holden is also fantastic.

Sep 28, 2020

I was in high school when I first read J.D. Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye" - about the same age as the narrator Holden Caufield.

I did not have much in common with Caufield. I have never attended or even visited a private boarding school, much less been kicked out of several as Holden had. At 15 or 16, I did not have the cash necessary to hide and entertain myself in Manhattan for three days. And I did not have the nerve to strike up conversations with strangers or attempt to buy liquor in a bar or hire a prostitute.

But something about Holden's inner monologue resonated with me. He felt alone in the world - disconnected from his surroundings. He wavered between feelings of superiority over the phonies in his life and inadequacy due to his own failings. He was intelligent, but unfocused - a classic underachiever.

Holden is an extrovert. He craves the company of others and has no trouble approaching strangers. But he is self-destructive and manages to destroy nearly every relationship in his life. Rude to nearly everyone - sometimes flying into a rage at the slightest provocation. Although his observations are often profound, their legitimacy is damaged by his focus on the negative. Haunted by the death of his brothers, he stumbles through life with no plan. The only genuine relationship he has is with his younger sister Phoebe.

Holden is far from likeable. He is too judgmental and far too cynical; but his frustration is understandable, which makes him relatable. He is the worst parts of me - judging the faults of those to whom he is attracted, but harboring resentment against himself. Holden is my feelings of alienation, angst, and insecurity that rear their ugly heads from time to time.

I felt this a lot in high school.

And now – decades later – I sometimes still fall into that same pit.

Aug 21, 2020

The Catcher in the Rye by Salinger J.D. is about 16 year old Holden Caulfield. In the first few chapters, I was convinced that Holden was a typical rebellious teenager who believes what everyone else says is incorrect. Holden is like a typical teenager that hates everything, but he has a really different perspective on the world: he sees everything as fake and depressing. The story also is very good. I think a lot of teenagers have a lifestyle that they want but it is only a fantasy. This book touches on Holden’s fantasy and how he tries to reach the fantasy. I really like the book because it is relatable but through someone with a very different story than me.

Aug 18, 2020

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Sallinger is a coming of age novel that tells the story of a 16 year old boy, Holden Caulfield. After flunking out of his fancy prep school, Holden decides to go to New York to escape the phoniness and affectation of his former life. Holden holds himself on a pedestal of sorts because he thinks he is above most everyone else in society because he is not “phony.” He does not understand how much of the world works and in that sense is extremely immature. While in New York, Holden reunites with old friends and meets new people. It is these experiences that make Holden reflect inward on his own personality, aspirations, and immaturity and “come of age,” per se.
It may be because I read this for school and was forced to annotate and overanalyze the entire novel, but I did not enjoy The Catcher in the Rye. I felt like Holden’s character and the entire book in general was extremely predictable. Furthermore, while I understand it was not Sallinger’s intention to create a conventional, likeable character, for the vast majority of the novel Holden was incredibly annoying, pretentious, and phony. This would make reading the book a frustrating, tedious task because I could not bring myself to sympathize with a hypocritical character with a massive superiority complex. With that said, I do see the draws of this book since it does not over romanticize the life of a teenager like most other stories do and it is very well written. I did also enjoy the ending because Holden finally grew out of his childish mindset and it was heartwarming to see. Nevertheless, I just cannot bring myself to really enjoy a book with such an unlikeable main character and relatively predictable storyline.

Jul 28, 2020

Catcher in the Rye is about Holden Caulfield, a 16 year old boy with a sour view about life. He thinks everyone around him are “phonies”, or people who are not genuine. Holden is eventually kicked out of his school, Pencey Prep, because of his low grades. He goes back to New York, where he spends his night roaming the city instead of going home. This book is a coming of age novel, where Holden Caulfield learns about becoming an adult and the things that come along with it.

I would recommend this book to anyone high school age and above. The message of the book may be lost to anyone younger, since many high school students relate to Holden a lot. This is a really good book, despite controversies around it. I liked how the author was able to describe many feelings that teenagers feel in such an accurate way. Many of the things that Holden said were things that I thought to myself, which is why it was so enjoyable to read.

Jul 24, 2020

The novel details two days in the life of Holden Caulfield after being expelled from a prestigious prep school. Holden travels to New York City all alone and rents a room in a hotel. There, he encounters situations that make him feel uncomfortable and calls them “phony.” He thinks everything adults do is phony and so are they. He then goes to his family and spends time with his sister. As compared to all the bad experiences with adults and teenagers, Holden finds a lot of happiness doing childish things with his sister, Phoebe.
Holden seems to be a relatable character throughout the novel. Yes, there are a couple moments which may seem like Holden is overreacting, but the fact is that his character is very interesting and the experience of the movie would not have been the same. I really liked the concept of the novel, especially because of the theme of innocence. The journey of Holden trying to save his and other children’s innocence is one to be read.

Jul 07, 2020

Catcher in the Rye Review
Catcher in the Rye is a novel written by J.D. Salinger and it follows a young man named Holden as he wanders around New York City and learns about himself and his place in the world. The story may seem small in scale but it has a lot of ideas about being a teenager and growing up in a changing society. A key constant is a change and the effect of it on people and what it can cause people like Holden to deal with. The novel is really relatable for younger people especially hence why it became a staple in high school classes. This novel is very good at conveying its ideas in a feasible and relatable manner for its audience. It’s really good at that especially. While Holden can come off as unrelatable for others he’s great at serving his purpose. The novel struggles with grabbing the reader’s attention at first in my opinion and it takes some time for it to find itself but once it gets going it’s really great but it can struggle at first. Other than that there’s not much else to say with spoiling it. This is a very strong novel and a must-read, especially for teens.

4 out of 5 stars
Age Rating: 14-above

Jun 30, 2020

The novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger is an American Classic which sets the stage for millions of future coming of age stories while creating believable characters living in a cruel world. The novel follows a teenager named Holden Caulfield who sets out to explore New York City and find his purpose in life. The controversial book is guaranteed to keep readers’ attention and spark up numerous conversations. One problem with this book is that it is wordy sometimes I would rate this book 13+.

Jun 30, 2020

One significant teen book that is impactful in their youth is “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D Salinger. Holden Caulfield, a 16-year-old, is expelled from his preparatory school as a result of failing his classes. He is a very smart individual but the society and his beliefs discourage his talents, such as his writing skills. English was the only class he passed. Throughout the story, Salinger teaches teens and young adults by reflecting on how Caulfield is treated by others: being called phony. Caulfield is looked as a phony because of how he gives fake identities of himself to each person he ever encounters. Despite his personality, teenage life is reflected since Caulfield also faces factors that others have. Innocence is one quality teens have despite knowing it and Caulfield, himself, runs away from getting it snatched and helps others from losing it too. Since this book was first only allowed to be read by adults, I found the book extreme at times for a 16-year-old boy. Caulfield is relatable to many teens but by facing a mental disorder after his younger brother died, he had increased depression and isolation than most people. Overall, Salinger’s book was notable and full of lessons that make readers feel as if they are going through his hardships.

Jun 25, 2020

I went into this book without knowing much about it. All I knew was that it was, and still is, considered a classic and it revolves around a teenager. Not even my copy of the book had a summary or a page dedicated to the author, and I took it as the book's way of telling me to just simply read the story it had to tell. With those things in mind, I figured that now, while I am still a teen, was the perfect time to read The Catcher in the Rye.
To put it in the simplest of terms, Holden Caulfield is a lonely boy who roams the streets of New York, and despite the countless characters he interacts with, he has a depressingly hard time finding someone who actually listens to him. After reading others' opinions of the book, it appears that there are some who find Holden boring or repetitive with his thoughts. While I can understand why some may feel that way, it wasn't the case for me. Holden is very opinionated about many things, yet there is still much he conceals from the readers. I deeply encourage others to focus on his mental, rather than physical, journey. I found myself to be fascinated with Holden, despite how repetitive he may sound, and as I approached the end of the story, I realized that I didn't want it to end. I didn't want to leave Holden. I felt an incredible sadness for him throughout his journey, to the point where it somehow persuaded my cold-hearted self to fill my eyes with tears, a rare instance that has never happened while reading. Perhaps it was the solemn, silent mood of the 4am night I finished the book that encouraged me to feel deeply. Whether it was simply the story itself, or my emotions taking a larger toll on me than usual, The Catcher in the Rye is a book that has made an unforgettable imprint on my heart. It's one of those books that I will be sure to reread after many, many years when I am no longer a naive teenager, but an adult with an abundance of life experiences, just to see if it hits different.

Jun 04, 2020

The novel Catcher In The Rye​ is a coming of age story that takes place in New York in the 1950s. The novel is narrated by sixteen-year-old Holden Caulfied. Catcher in the Rye is the recollection of events that Holden experienced after his expulsion from Pencey Prep, his school, and continues through his journey into New York. These events have an immense impact on Holden’s life and shape his journey into adulthood. Throughout the novel, Holden struggles to combat the “phoniness” of the society around him as he ventures through many places in New York while he attempts to mature as a young adult and define his true calling in life. C​atcher in The Rye is a novel for young-adult readers who are interested in a coming of age story filled with rebellion, wonder, and controversy. Holden’s experience has influenced people all over the world, through its contentious plot, to be authentically themselves. As a classic, Catcher in The Rye is a must-read. Therefore, take the journey with Holden as he recounts the thrilling and shocking struggles he faces in the “phony” society on his path to find his authentic self. I rated this novel a 4 out of 5 because I enjoyed the blatant and relatable character of Holden Caulfied, and the narrative view of reflecting upon past events was intriguing and interesting compared to a novel that is narrated as the events occur in real-time. It did not receive a 5-star rating only because of the nature of narrating based upon Holden's stream of consciousness, which makes the plot difficult to follow at times.

May 08, 2020

J.D. Saligner takes a new twist in his coming-of-age novel, told through the eyes of Holden Caulfield, a cynical teenager. After getting kicked out of his school, Holden decides to take a few days to wander around New York and try to connect with people. His attempts to bond with old friends demonstrates his unwillingness to grow up and face the real world. Although there are a few dry spots throughout the book, it has come to represent a large portion of adolescents through the book’s witty dialogue, themes, and Holden’s unforgettable character. This book truly is a literary staple for all teens to read at least once in their lifetime.

May 04, 2020

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Mar 26, 2020

I'd heard that the Catcher in the Rye was one of the best books to read. Ever. Yet, reading the book leaves a certain hole in areas. It is a fantastic book with amazing writing and a very indepth main character, but a flair is missing. Starting from the beginning, you can see how Holden struggles with his brother's death. He wants to hide and feels empty. Certainly relating to other people in his troubles and somewhat apethetic view on it. Holden is such an interesting main character, something I've never seen before. He views the world as phony and fake, yet he acts that way in some aspects. J. D. Salinger creates a feeling of longing but a certain emotional aspect is missing. Midway through the book, it becomes boring. Not the biggest problem, but makes the reader miss some action or change. Holden is such a flat character that it is hard to understand his logic sometimes but, it is a very good book, and worth the read.

Dec 05, 2019

This book was instantly one of my favourites. I picked it up only meaning to read the first page, and ended up reading… much more than intended. Its style is incredibly captivating and very fast-paced, yet the book itself only takes place over 2 days. The concept of a plot being so short seems like it would end up boring, but, to say the least, it was the opposite. I read it in about two days, where I tried to squeeze in time to even read a page or two, whenever I could. I think the best way to describe is that the writing style is addicting. Just to start on Holden, he’s a character I never could have imagined. His perspectives on things are widely viewed as disproportionate, and while it may be true, I find them incredibly fascinating. He sees the world as a kind of grey and monotonous place, (‘lousy,’ as I’m sure you’ll realise.) The book is also interesting since it was published in 1951, and we can vividly live through the time, for a short while. It’s a reach in another direction – regarding style and plot and such alike – away from current books and most things I’m used to… In my opinion, this book is six hundred percent worth a try. 5/5 stars
@aCardboardBox of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

The Catcher in the Rye is well deserving of its classification as a treasured classic. Before reading this book, I did not expect to relate so heavily to a character in a book published in the 50s, but I was pleasantly surprised. Holden was a delightfully intricate character, his viewpoint offering an unreliable narration that was interesting to pick through. I also found the writing style offered an incredible ease of reading that I am not used to experiencing when reading classics. I think the melancholic tone of the book carried the themes nicely, creating a disorienting and fuzzy mood. Overall, I thought this book was fantastic and I would recommend it to every teenager. 5/5
@nickreads of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger was an okay book overall, but I personally think it is way overrated in the world of English. I personally did not really enjoy the book that much, and this is probably because the main character (Holden Caulfield) is a pessimist and it is hard to love his character. He has some good traits (like he is caring and loving of his sister, Phoebe), but the majority of the book revolves around this character criticizing others. This book touches on mental health and shows how young Holden Caulfied is able to navigate his way through New York City after being kicked out of his school due to bad behaviour. Overall, I do not think I really enjoyed this story, mainly because of the main character’s negative outlook on life and all of the people around him. Rating: 2/5
@Montgomery of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

First impressions of reading are harsh and negative, Holden is annoying, depressing, and negative. But because he is the book is so much better. This book really made it easy to connect with how I feel. Despite it being normal, all you feel is sad. How the world is based on money and success and fakery. Holden goes into these thoughts and his journey to accepting life. Instead of a sappy happily ever after, it is more of a understanding of the world a satisfaction. The world did not change, Holden did. It gives people hope and optimism. Rating: 5/5
@TreeHugger of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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