“The Catcher in the Rye” – Book Review

I’m going against the rules here! I know I’m getting into classical territory and also know that it’s dangerous to even try and make a review about it. But—if by any chance you read this—I just want you to remember that my purpose of writing these reviews is to capture my most beloved memories and thoughts about the books I read. Anyone can agree or disagree with my point of view, that’s the beauty of being social. (No mayor spoilers).

“The Catcher in the Rye” a Novel by J.D Salinger.

What I loved the most!

The authors simplicity and capacity of telling a hart warming story from begging to end. Even though I read this novel inside the bus while going to work and in very noisy places—it was incredibly simple to dig in into the story and just savior the delightful taste of every sentence and every single word he wrote.

The carefully crafted characters. Holden Caulfield is by far the most amazing character I read this year. I could perfectly feel his emotions, his ideology, and vision of the world. Sometimes I hated him, sometimes he annoyed me—but most of the time—he represented how humans are.

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The perfection of storytelling. A young man who is dealing with depression and struggles with a common teenage lifestyle; beats around the bush, and tries hard not to go back to his parents house to confess he had been kicked out of school. Simple, but yet effective, I was stuck with the character all the way through, just thinking if he would make it safe and sound to his family.

It’s just a great life lesson. I totally wish I came across this book during my teenage years, it would’ve help understand that you need to grow up and be responsible of your actions. That it’s just normal to hate everyone and to think you’re the center of the world at some point, even though it’s not true. I truly think that’s very difficult not to feel identified with Holden, he truly is one the most human characters I ever read.

What I didn’t like!

I know that the author used informal language to bring his characters to life, but at some point I was just annoyed with all the redundancies and colloquialisms. Not because they felt lame or anything, they just annoyed me.

And finally, I think Holden Caulfield became severely depressed. He kept repeating over and over again that he was depressed by almost everything and everyone. And that—you guessed it—depressed me like never before.

I believe that this was the authors objective and that I don’t find this to be in poor taste or anything, I believe that this is an amazing story that delivers true emotions and outlines circumstances that could happen to anyone!

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Defenitly I’m not rating this book because I’m not some master writer or big shot to rate anyone as a matter of fact. But if I had to grade this book in terms of, how much I enjoyed it, I would give it a B+.

I hope you agree with me, and if not. Make sure to leave me a depressing or hateful comment below, I would truly appreciate it!

Soon I will post a video reviewing this book, yet again. Don’t miss it!

Until next time!

Published by Aarón Nava

Born in México City, 1987. Aaron has a bachelor's degree in Advertising and Media from the Technological University of México. He has worked for several advertising agencies where he specialized in inbound and content marketing. He's currently working at MÁS VALE SABER where he focuses on creating valuable content that attracts, converts, and delights costumers. He's passonate about books and creative writing.

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