Published May 1991 by Little, Brown (first published July 16th 1951)
Genre: Classics | Fiction | Young Adult
Recommended to: those who identify with Holden
Warning: If you’re a fan of The Catcher in the Rye, please don’t get angry with me. We all have our preferences and sadly, this book isn’t to my liking. This review is merely my opinion. 😊
There is a reason a book is a classic but in this case, I didn’t see it.
I believe this is one of those books that you either love or you don’t. There’s no in between.
I set my expectations high for this. I’ve been carrying this book with me and THRICE I have been told that it is good. Sadly, I’m one of the people who didn’t think so.
Honestly, there were a lot of things I didn’t like about this book.
- Holden Caulfield. He is annoying and I know I am not alone in this. I admit that sometimes he is funny but he just keeps going on about how something “depresses him” or “kills him”. To me, the whole book felt like a rant. Maybe that’s the point and I’ve missed it but don’t you eventually get tired of reading it?
- The Plot. Is there even a plot? I feel like an unwilling friend that Holden dragged along with him in his journey. Almost like when a friend tells you about something that happened to him and you have to sit there and listen because he’s your friend. That’s exactly what I felt. Even when I finished the book, the point is still unclear to me. The only thing I got from this book were the words of wisdom from Mr. Antolini.
- The writing. Maybe some people think this book is easy to read because of the writing style but it did the opposite for me. There’s just too many repetitive phrases and it frustrated me so much.
- Page 92. Very specific, I know. But here’s the part that kind of pissed me off.
I don’t want to sound petty but I can’t ignore Holden’s prejudice either.
I thought hard on whether I should review this one or skip it. I’ve read that this book has changed lives so some might feel passionately about it. It is a classic book which kind of made me question myself for not liking it. But you can’t please everyone and you can’t like every single book you read.
I believe this book is for people who identify with Holden and I’m one of those who didn’t. Maybe it’s less about the book but more on the person reading it.
To look at this from a different perspective, I love this answer from a Goodreads user on why this book is considered a classic.
In the end, it all goes down to how you view this book. It is clearly not for everyone and something that’s not read for the sole purpose of enjoyment (which was my mistake).
What did you think about this book? Feel free to share them in the comments below. 😊