Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Review: The Catcher in the Rye

"I was half in love with her by the time we sat down. That's the thing about girls. Every time they do something pretty, even if they're not much to look at, or even if they're sort of stupid, you fall half in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are. Girls. Jesus Christ. They can drive you crazy. They really can."

Well I finally got around to reading one of the classics, The Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger, and I absolutely loved it.
I have never laughed so much while reading a book. On the train on the way to work, at work on my break, out on the steps outside my house, I spent the last couple of weeks just cracking up at this teenage boy telling me about how he got kicked out of school and spent two days hanging around New York City, using phrases like "and all that crap", "all morons hate it when you call them a moron", "in my mind, I'm probably the biggest sex maniac you ever saw", and calling everyone "old", like his awesome little sister, "old Phoebe".
It had no real storyline to it, no resolution, no questions that really needed to be answered. It was just the story of a teenage boy's two days in New York City. And I liked that. It was a refreshing change from most books that try their very best to explain the meaning of life. It really was.
So if you haven't read it, read it. If you're lucky enough to have a whole day free, or even half a day if you're a fast reader, read The Catcher in the Rye, you'll be so glad you did. You really will.


  1. Great. How about linking in to Books You Loved: October? I must get around to reading this based on your post! Have a great week!

  2. I'm glad you enjoyed this book Sarah, it's one of my all time favourites. I've read it many times and to me it is perfect. I like it for the same and different reasons. The colloquial writing style does at time make the story humorous - More than this though it renders the disquiet and restlessness of Holden Caulfield in a way that is quite profound - Especially as it was written during a time when such sentiments were considered immensely private. Though no longer thought of as provocative, both it's themes and writing style are meaningful and lasting.

  3. lol, random but I just saw this and had to leave a comment. that quote up there is one of the reasons why this is my favorite book. because it's hilarious, and also true, and I know I half fall in love with guys all the time. you should read franny and zooey next. it's great. actually, it's better!