Review of The Catcher in the Rye


Title : The Catcher in the Rye

Writer :  J.D. Salinger

Publisher :  Back Bay Books

Rating on Goodreads : 3.79/5

Rating from Shelly Fw : 5/5

Synopsis : The hero-narrator of The Catcher in the Rye is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield. Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days. The boy himself is at once too simple and too complex for us to make any final comment about him or his story. Perhaps the safest thing we can say about Holden is that he was born in the world not just strongly attracted to beauty but, almost, hopelessly impaled on it. There are many voices in this novel: children’s voices, adult voices, underground voices-but Holden’s voice is the most eloquent of all. Transcending his own vernacular, yet remaining marvelously faithful to it, he issues a perfectly articulated cry of mixed pain and pleasure. However, like most lovers and clowns and poets of the higher orders, he keeps most of the pain to, and for, himself. The pleasure he gives away, or sets aside, with all his heart. It is there for the reader who can handle it to keep.

J.D. Salinger’s classic novel of teenage angst and rebellion was first published in 1951. The novel was included on Time‘s 2005 list of the 100 best English-language novels written since 1923. It was named by Modern Library and its readers as one of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. It has been frequently challenged in the court for its liberal use of profanity and portrayal of sexuality and in the 1950’s and 60’s it was the novel that every teenage boy wants to read.


There is nothing that I could NOT appreciate from The Catcher in the Rye. I got totally absorbed in this book, you could say that. As a bildungsroman novel, this one went far beyond my expectations!

The conflict was Man vs Self. Holden Caulfield against his ignorance and insecurity (you’d figure that out ’til you read the last page, by the way). Holden is unique. He is the iconic of a rebellion, yet he never really does fatal thing or whatsoever. He is a pacifist as hell, and even his roommate (Stardlater) had hit him, fractured him, Holden’d just rather let it go even though it’s always about losing. Always. Oh, poor Holden.

I’d only been in about two fights in my life, and I lost both of them. I’m not too tough. I’m a pacifist, if you want to know the truth.

Dialogs are pretty less than narratives, but I could still enjoy it. Like DF said, it has the first-person smartass narrative so no wonder that Holden has a great sense of humor.

I was surrounded by jerks. I’m not kidding.


“What the hellya reading?” he said.

“Goddam book.”

I found myself laughing so hard at many parts, but the ending got my eyes sweating. Ok, I meant I was crying. There. I admit it. The ending was unpredictable and really touchy for me. Oh, wait. Where I have been all this times? I kind of feel pity for myself ’cause I read this novel just now. THIS YEAR, Shelly? Really? Poor me. Hahah.

Oh, and the last thing. My most favorite quote:

Everybody goes through phases and all, don’t they?

My favorite part? When Holden asks about the ducks in the Central Park Lagoon xD He really is worried about the ducks xD I never tought he really meant it lol

Well, last but not least, let me say thank you to DF and Dhirafor this amazing book recommendation. I also wanna say thanks to my Buddy Read, Marina. Guys, you all rooooooooooooock!


You can also read my review on Goodreads here.


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