The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
I knew when I started The Catcher in the Rye that I might miss some of the meaning given that I was probably reading it 15 years too late. However, I soon found out that I might have completely given up on the book during high school because Holden Caulfield is so annoying that I cheered when first his roommate and then the pimp beat him up. Getting through this book wasn’t a chore, but having waited for over a year with this book on my shelf I felt the need to finish just to see what all the hype was about. Frankly by the end, the only character in the book I had any sympathy for was Phoebe given that she had no clue that her brother was nuts.
I attempted to think deeply about various symbols or themes in the book, but I soon found myself with a headache trying to figuring how critics could think anything of importance was being written. After 214 pages, I can say without a doubt this book is all hype and will soon be sold to my local used book store.