Thursday, December 29

Book Review: Catcher in the Rye

Title: Catcher in the Rye

Author: J.D. Salinger

Pages: 214

Summary: A 16-year old American boy relates in his own words the experiences he goes through at school and after, and reveals with unusual candour the workings of his own mind. What does a boy in his teens think and feel about his teachers, parents, friends and acquaintances?

My Rating: 6.5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: While the author does a great job at portraying a teenage boy, who is angry, angst and suffering a mental illness, I found it wasn't exactly the book for me.

I'm not sure what about the book I didn't like, but I just found I was bored with the overall story, I found it to be boring and prolonged, after a while it just gets boring. I liked how the author writes his thought process as disjointed and biased to the protagonists' prospective, but in the end it didn't click with me as a ground breaking read. The characters were just that, characters in the book. Nothing about them was very memorable, and nothing about them surprised me. The book show cased a young adult who suffers from a mental illness, depression, and I did like how it showed another side of depression, from what you're used to seeing, but that was all that separated this book from all the others of its kind.

The writing was well done, but it still wasn't what I was expecting from such an acclaimed author, so I plan on reading his other works to see what he's style is really like. Overall it just didn't reach my expectations.

Would I recommend it to read: It was well written and a classic book, but not sure if it would be on the top of my list to recommend.

What to read next: I'd try more of the authors novels.

Challenges: 11 in 11, Book Bloggers Bucket List, Mental Illness Challenge


  1. Funny, all the times I read Catcher in the Rye I never thought Holden was suffering a mental illness. I just took it for normal teen angst.

  2. I think this may be one of those books you really enjoy when you are the same angsty age as Holden, but maybe don't enjoy as much later. But then, I think a year or two ago, I read an article that said students today don't think Holden is all that great and rebellious, either, so perhaps it's not QUITE the classic people think it is.

  3. I have to say that I didn't really enjoy this book either. I read it in high school, and again in college, and just didn't get in line with all the drama and angst. I know many people consider it a classic, but I was rather disappointed with it.

    Happy New Year, Jules!

  4. Jeane - I drew that conclusion on the fact he was currently sittign in a mental institution and his actions and thought process are reflective of a person suffering from Depression, not the usual side effects, but still depression. Normal teen angst is in it too, but there were other elements as well.

    Aarti - Not sure, I don't see a lot of teens enjoying the book, even with the "agnst" its a completely different time now, and few teens would likely be able to connect. with him. I agree, I'm not sure if it is the classic people think it is, now you have me thinking...

    Zibilee - Glad to hear I'm not the only one who was disappointed with the book. Happy New Year to you too!