“The Catcher in the Rye” is a book about Holden Caulfield, a high school student, who has just been kicked out of yet another school and is staying in New York for a couple of nights. While staying in New York, Holden meets many interesting people and the book follows him throughout his journeys. Through the book, Salinger develops the theme that when one grows up, he or she loses their innocence.
In my opinion, the book earns a 7 out of 10. I liked the storyline and theme, but I did not like the way it was written. I felt that Holden was too cynical for me to connect with but the book was different than any other that I have read so far, so I applaud the uniqueness.
Some strange quirks about this book are how Holden sees people as being “phonies” if they are pretentious or fake, among other things, and how he wants to resist the process of growing up. It was interesting how Holden wanted to slow down the growing up process when many of us now would love to grow up faster.
J.D. Salinger used many symbols in his book, including Holden’s red hat, the Museum of Natural History, and the many “F— you” signs that he sees. The author also uses a very negative and cynical voice when describing characters or other objects.
The type of audience that would like this book would probably be young adults or those transitioning from a child to an adult because they would probably relate to Holden more and the book is a coming-of-age novel.
~Mckenna Murray, A2