Review: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Genre: Classics
Published: January 30, 2001 by Back Bay Books
Length: 277 pages
Source: bought (at Barnes & Noble)

The hero-narrator of THE CATCHER IN THE RYE is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield. Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days. The boy himself is at once too simple and too complex for us to make any final comment about him or his story. Perhaps the safest thing we can say about Holden is that he was born in the world not just strongly attracted to beauty but, almost, hopelessly impaled on it. There are many voices in this novel: children’s voices, adult voices, underground voices-but Holden’s voice is the most eloquent of all. Transcending his own vernacular, yet remaining marvelously faithful to it, he issues a perfectly articulated cry of mixed pain and pleasure. However, like most lovers and clowns and poets of the higher orders, he keeps most of the pain to, and for, himself. The pleasure he gives away, or sets aside, with all his heart. It is there for the reader who can handle it to keep.” – Goodreads

Just another review with the word ‘phony’ in it…

The whole story was nothing like what I expected. Honestly, when I saw the cover, I thought  it was going to be about a knight, a prince, or whatever saving a princess because of the horse. Lol, my prediction was way off. So when I read the first chapter, I was like WHAT IS THIS?! Where’s the ONCE UPON A TIME?

Truth is, I don’t know what to write in this review (I’m being honest, don’t call me a PHONY, Holden! haha).  All I had in my mind when I was reading it was Holden makes a good point about phony people and all. I admit, I can be a phony sometimes to other people just because the truth hurts and so you just say nice things. Also, when you have a visitor, you have to entertain them even if you’re not in the mood. Does that count as being phony? Let’s look it up.

Phony: (adj) not honest or truthful; deceptive

Everyone’s a phony. If you’re lying then you are a phony, including you Holden! You were thinking about moving to the West and planning out your life that is too good to be true. You were actually thinking on living in a PHONY life yourself! What I am saying is, Holden is choosing a life that’s fake, pretending to be a mute, deaf. How ironic, that he finds people phony while he’s actually thinking about living in a phony life himself (but I guess he was unaware of it). Those are just my thoughts while reading the last couple of chapters.

I really enjoyed the book though. There were helluvalot funny moments! But our guy here said ‘old’ too much! “Old Ackley, old Phoebe, old this old that.”

I feel like I’m being so random in this review, probably because the story’s like that (well, to me it was). For me the story was like: HEY WHAT’S UP, I AM OLD HOLDEN, I HATE PHONIES (BOY IT KILLS ME) AND I’M GOING TO TELL YOU WHAT HAPPENED TO ME BEFORE CHRISTMAS! THE END. It was like a “hi, bye” thing to me.

I felt attached to the main character and I actually felt like I was there, but I wouldn’t read it again (just because I thought it took forever to finish it).

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