The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger is a famous fictional book that takes place in the post WWII era. The story is about self-discovery, overcoming hard times, and facing many of life’s common struggles. It is told through the main character Holden’s point of view, intimately and informally. Holden often tells the story as if he is talking to you, which produces a feeling of comfort while reading. Most people can relate to it and that is why it is so wildly known and alluded.
This, personally, was one of my favorite books I have ever read. Anyone who reads this book can relate to it in some manner and get something out of it. There are so many themes and morals that are easily recognized in the book that really keeps the audience intrigued and involved. The main character, Holden, has such a pronounced point of view towards life that can never fail to bore the reader and can always relay a message one way or another. This book explores themes of innocence, loneliness, depression, sexuality, alcohol, adulthood, trust, and important values.
I would highly recommend reading this book to anyone who is 14 or over. Being a teen, or even an adult, reading this book will offer so many amazing themes and values that all can relate to and greatly appreciate. It taught me many important lessons and offered a sense of tranquility while reading. This definitely wasn’t a book I had to “force” myself to read. All in all, Salinger does an amazing job connecting the story/character to real life. This book isn’t famous for nothing.
Lauren R.; Teen Reviewer