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The Catcher in the Rye, a book written by J.D Salinger, is a coming-of-age book, set for teens and adults, and follows the story of a boy named Holden who faces internal struggles, and travels to different places, always thinking about things that had happened throughout his life. Holden begins to face many issues throughout this story, and there is a constant tone of aggression and frustration. Holden’s obsessions with girls, sex, smoking, and consuming alcohol is disturbing. I feel that the reader can not connect with Holden in any of these aspects, and it shows a bad image for teens to be exposed to as they are learning about how to make decisions. The scenes in this book constantly contain profanity, and this made my experience uncomfortable and sometimes awkward. It was very frustrating to just see everything in his life go slowly downhill, with no upturns. Every time that the indication of a good event occurring, Holden spirals into yet another pattern of unfortunate happenings. When Holden had gotten in touch with his sister, my spirits started to lift up a little, because holden finally was getting things together, but it just seemed to get worse and worse. In the beginning, it takes a while for the story line to progress, and when i had finally reached what is said to be the climax of the story, it just seemed like it was a little bump on the sidewalk that i quickly walked over without any thought. This book displays real-life issues, such as drugs and profanity, which is at times uncomfortable, and not enjoyable to read. I did not feel affected by this book at all due to the bland plot. The book develops incredibly slow- and feels like it takes ages to get through one chapter. Overall, there are far better books to read than ones that are so slow, depressing, and about as interesting as watching grass grow also have noticed that the tone and mood of the story is very unpleasing. There is a constant pattern of frustration, tension, and anger, due to Holden being a very emotional teen. The Catcher in the Rye is titled as a coming-of-age book, but i would say nearly the exact opposite. Teens, around the age of sixteen, like Holden, do not behave like him at all. Typically sixteen year olds do not smoke, or drink alcohol as frequently and in such great amounts that Holden did through the book. Sixteen year olds, hopefully, do not hire hookers up to their hotel room, or give their roomates a bloody nose. By teens reading this book, they are learning that this specific way of acting is normal, and might encourage them to act the exact same way. Holden is a character that most teens cannot relate to, and is a very negative role model, that might convince kids around his age to act the same way. Books are supposed to be a place where you go to get away, and to submerge yourself in an enjoyable, interactive experience. If this is true then how come when I was reading The Catcher in the Rye, it felt like I was being punished. Overall, there are far better books to read than ones that are so slow, depressing, and about as interesting as watching grass grow
The novel "The Catcher in the Rye", by: J.D. Salinger, is an analysis about a young man named Holden Caufield, who has made it clear that he is undergoing treatment in a sanatorium/mental asylum. I recommend this book to anyone fascinated in reading a thriller about how his life got to where he is at now.