J. D. Salinger - Catcher in the Rye

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  • Catcher In The Rye: You Kill Me, Holden Caulfield!

    Apr 25, 2004 by jankp is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Books
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: compelling, witty, coming-of-age story told by sensitive hero, Holden Caulfield
    Cons: sad under the humor

    Summary: J.D. Salinger’s 1945 book, Catcher in the Rye, told to us by the main character Holden Caulfield, begins the night before he leaves Pencey Prep after being kicked out for not applying himself to any subject except composition. It’s at ... read more

  • The Ballad of Holden Caulfield?

    Sep 14, 2013 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: One of the all-time greatest young adult novels...
    Cons: May be too extreme for some audiences...

    Summary: J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye made Time Magazine's Top 100 list of Best Novels Since 1923 back in '05, and I doubt anyone's bumped it since. I wouldn't go that far, but I will say that Holden Caulfield is a best bet for one of the most ... read more

  • The Catcher in the Rye

    Sep 4, 2012 by kairosdreaming is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Books
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: A good look at the teenage mind.
    Cons: Just couldn't bring myself to care about the main character.

    Summary: Believe it or not I somehow made it through high school and college without reading this book.  Even more incredulous, I'd never really heard anything about it other than it was considered a classic.  And now for the humour, due to the name of ... read more

  • Holden Caulfield is the Undying Teenage Protagonist.

    May 7, 2012 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: -Most relateable protagonist in probably all of literature.
    -Relavent even in today's time period.
    Cons: -None, other than the fact that this book is slightly on the short side.

    Summary: This book was absolutely incredible. At first glance, the writing might seem choppy and juvenile, but as an entire package it is extremely powerful. The writing style wasn’t exactly “gorgeous” or anything, but the book was emotionally ... read more

  • The Catcher In The Rye-A Modern Novel For Teenagers

    Aug 1, 2011 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: It is a good educator for teenagers. 
    Cons: Parents tend to protect their children from the negativity and profanity used in this book.

    Summary:      The Catcher In The Rye is a novel published back in 1951. Even though the book is old, it is for the coming of age. The book is about rebellion and the world seen through a troubled teenagers eyes. I don't think it will ... read more

  • Brilliant Writing + Character Development - Background; an equation that equal mediocrity

    Jan 28, 2010 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Imagery, Dialogue, Character Development, Emotional Appeal, and Variety
    Cons: Lack of background and justification for character choices

    Summary: A memory is a vivid recollection of events in the course of one's life. Describing your own memories takes skill to do well.  J. D. Salinger does a good job in Catcher in the Rye at describing a sequence of events that Holden Caulfield experiences. ... read more

  • Possibly the worst book ever!!

    Jul 17, 2009 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Not too many pages.
    Cons: Horribly written, uneventful, waste of time.

    Summary: The Catcher in the Rye is quite possibly the worst story ever written.  I am unsure why this book is considered good, let alone a classic.  The story centers around a terrible slacker named Holden Caulfield.  The book recounts his 3 days ... read more

  • An Overrated Book I will never read again

    Jan 23, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Interesting fun to read
    Cons: How Holden Talks was to much of an annoyance for me

    Summary: Hey folks bet you guys thought whitey never read a book in his life bet you guys thought that I might read at a first grade level but your were dead wrong I read at college level yep that's pretty good for a guy that's a junior in high school. Sorry ... read more

  • Holden Caulfield:The Voice of Teens, or the Mentaly Disturbed?

    Oct 31, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: A great character study which dosen't need "fancy" writing to get it's point across
    Cons: Ending is a bit abrupt

    Summary: Just finished reading this for my College Now English class just earlier today, plenty of time for me to absorb what I've read and ultimately critique it. Plot Synopsis: The book begins with Holden in a psychiatric clinic where he begins to recall ... read more

  • Lies, Lies. Lies.

    Feb 4, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: I love it...
    Cons: I want MORE, MORE, MORE...

    Summary: 的知 the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life. It痴 awful. If I知 on my way to the store to buy a magazine, even, and somebody asks me where I知 going, I知 liable to say I知 going to the opera... begins Chapter Three of J.D. ... read more

  • What are you waiting for? You're not getting any younger

    Jan 9, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: the dialogue
    Cons: the shortness of the book

    Summary: Ok, unless I'm mistaken, every English-speaking person on the face of the earth has heard of The Catcher in the Rye. If you haven't, you've traveled through time from the past, about 55 years ago, before this book was written. But I digress. ... read more

  • To Never Erase All the "F*ck Yous"

    Nov 1, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Haven't you already read this in high school?
    Cons: You might have hated reading it in high school.

    Summary: JD Salinger wrote a masterpiece before pulling a public Houdini that removed him permanently from the spotlight. What is most revealing is that you can speak volumes about such a thin little book. Perhaps the book will continue forever in infamy for ... read more

  • It caught my attention, but not my interest...

    Jan 11, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Some light humor...
    Cons: Lack of direction, lack of freedom...

    Summary: Lately, I have been reading the books that have been recommended to me by friends – some of them classics, some of them not, many of them books I would never normally read! Catcher in the Rye was, however, a recommendation that I had been ... read more

  • Didnt 'Catch' My Attention!!

    Jun 12, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: I tried to find one but I couldnt
    Cons: Poor kids all over the world are forced to read it

    Summary: Thanks to WH Smith's and 'The Big Read', I'm further expanding my literary boundaries. 'Birdsong' has been devoured and 'To Kill A Mockingbird', digested. Hence the time for The Catcher in the Rye, its one off those books school kids in the UK and US ... read more

  • If You Like This Review, You Proabably Loved the Book. Go Figure.

    Sep 20, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Language is straightforward (although subject is definitely not).
    Cons: The main character annoys the hell out of me.

    Summary: Where to begin with this review? Let me start by saying that I have never read Catcher in the Rye until about a week ago. I am now twenty. Most kids find this book as required reading as soon as they enter high school, and since almost every kid ... read more

  • The Catcher 50+ Years On

    Sep 16, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Superbly written, clever, witty, insightful exploration of a young adult痴 mind and times. Eternal.
    Cons: None.

    Summary: I read this book about thirty years ago when I was crass and twenty (in that order) and enjoyed it then, albeit with a true lack of literary sophistication. Take the themes first: adolescence and the accompanying sexual awareness, the values inherent ... read more

  • For the love of Holden Caulfield

    Aug 16, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Holden finger pointing the phonies.
    Cons: Parents won't like the level of profanity and some of the eerie situations.

    Summary: I had first read the Catcher in the Rye in tenth grade, which made me slightly younger than Holden C ... read more

  • Holden's life

    Jun 1, 2003 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Great book through and through. Great look in lens of depression.
    Cons: So depressing at times it makes the book seem crumby.

    Summary: I believe this was a good book to read about someone struggling through their preteen life. It gave a great eye opener on some of the sings we struggled as children turning into adults. As Holden was ending his first semester of school he ... read more

  • The Catcher in the Rye

    May 4, 2003 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Very interesting and enjoyable.
    Cons: Too serious or real for young kids. Somewhat depressing

    Summary: The Catcher In the Rye is a very good book. It's about a kid who goes to live in New York for a week until winter vacation. He is skipping a week of school because he wont be going back in January, he was kicked out. Also, this isn't the first time he ... read more

  • This book killed me.

    May 4, 2003 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Very funny and addictive book.
    Cons: Crude language might be a little too much for some.

    Summary: J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye is a well-known classic story. It is mainly an excerpt from Holden Caulfield, the narrator’s, life. He tells it in great detail using a lot of crude language, (beware if you are offended by this.) Some of the ... read more

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