The Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger, features Holden Caulfield, an either loved or hated character. You will either fall in love with his flaws or you will irrevocably hate them.

Holden is an apparently depressed 16 year-old teenage boy who is expelled from Pencey Prep School. It is not the first time Holden is expelled. The situation leads to a couple days of disorientation and rage.

This is a first person perspective of a few days in Holden's life. The writing style is in the perfect conversational tone for a rebellious yet extremely insightful teenager.

Besides his indecision on what to do with his life and whether or not to go back to school, Holden is still fighting to get through the grief associated with his brother Allie's death. Even though he may appear to be like any other angry teenager, there is a reason behind his actions.

Even though I spent part of the reading process hating Holden's prejudice and homophobia, most of his points of view are explained throughout the narration. This is an easily impressed boy that ends up hating a lot of things.

I go as far as to admit I will read this book with my children to help them learn how to filter what they read. I believe this is an important read since it shows the struggles someone that does not identify as equal to most people goes through.

It may also be interesting for those that want to read about grief. Even though all teenagers are perceived as angry people by nature, I have no doubt there may be specific personal reasons for them to act the way they do. Besides the hormonal changes, of course.

 

2018