The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye

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The Catcher in the Rye is J.D. Salinger's 1951 classic about teenager Holden Caulfield, who was used as an icon of teenage angst and rebellion. The controversial book has caused debates, mainly because of its vulgar language and themes.

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  • Roy Davidson
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "The Catcher In The Rye is a classic but i dont really see how a song reference has anything to with it. It doesnt help the plot along. Im sure there are better options that fit the story."
  • Nicole Richards
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This is a great book and an obvious classic in the fruits and vegetables in the title genre of books. I have always been particularly drawn to this book as a rye enthusiast and felt like I was on a journey with the main character of the book. Sometimes I felt like his thoughts were my own and vice versa, or even that he and I were the same person. It's hard to tell sometimes. Instead I will just tell you how great this book is and how much everyone needs to read it."
  • Martha Hunter
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "It seems like ok book to read."
  • Heather Phillips
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "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."
  • Pamela Rios
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "In my opinion this is such a great option. "
  • Ling Wu
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This book is a classic. If you didn't read it in high school... or if you did... pick it up and give it a read. Highly recommended."
  • Henry Jordan
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "A polarizing book due to its intense themes and content. Many can not handle the human condition put down on paper in black and white right in front of you to read. Others can, and will thoroughly enjoy this book as a teen or as an adult. A tale of a boy nearly suicidal after multiple pitfalls, you'll be engaged throughout and it will not doubt have you looking inward at yourself. "
  • Stephen Spencer
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "The Catcher in the Rye is a great piece of literature. The story is really interesting in the part of culture that is examined and the early writing about more modern lifestyle and youth. Definitely worth the read."
  • Zachary Day
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Catcher in the Rye is a book I can read again and again. Holden embodies what many of us teenagers have felt before, all those pent up emotions and the desire to rebel against our life at the moment and feeling out of place in ourselves and the world. It's not really for the faint of heart, but no teenager like me can read this without relating a lot to Holden's innermost thoughts. I didn't know I needed to read this book, but now my bookshelf is never without a copy of it."
  • Thomas Hopkins
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This is a classic! A pure classic! If you haven't read it then you should at least once in your life or you're doing a disservice to yourself. It really catches a lot that most writers can't and conveys them in such a succinct way that I can't even fully describe -- just give it a read!!"
  • Jennifer Hernandez
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "A great read about children. "
  • Keith Lucas
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I was expecting this to be a light read, but it wasn't. However, the book did not disappoint. I was surprised by the character depth, and need to read through it again soon."
  • Frank Jones
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I read Catcher in the Rye years ago and it still stands up as one of the greatest literally books of all time. I would highly recommend it. "
  • Raymond Sullivan
    Written on April 30, 2018
    ""The Catcher in the Rye" is not the best book of the 20th century and it is not even one of the best but still, it is as influential as a book can get. Love it or hate it - and I have to say that it is a very polarizing book in its entirety - you can't argue that it has had a huge impact on the social and cultural climate of the 20th century. "
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  • Justin Mason
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Holden Caulfield is a teen that we can all love, get annoyed with, and laugh with. He is both disgusted, and fascinated with humanity. He hates people who are fake/"phony", and full of themselves. His view of the society, of girls, of family, and friends, are views of someone who is far more intelligent for his age. This book to me, is the best book I have ever read in the near 22 years I've been on this earth! If you get offended by the "gd" word, you may not care much for reading it, being he says that almost every other sentence. If you look at it from a teens point of view, who's fed up, and not meaning it personally, then you'll be fine. I know he's a fictional character, and that saddens me, but this book was far ahead of its time. It's written like it would have came out recently, not the late 1940's. Holden is a guy you would either love, or hate to know. I personally think I would enjoy having a friend like Holden, but it's up for you to decide. I don't see how anyone could hate this book though. It's 277 pages, it only took me 1.5 days to complete it, and that was with spare time. Take my word, as a guy who's fairly intelligent... Read this book!"
  • Omar Arteaga
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "The Catcher in the Rye is one of those classics that anyone should read. It is very helpful in teaching literature and the story is interesting as well."
  • Ryan Burns
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "The solution is pretty good, about a teenager growing up, and experiencing a wide array of emotions. "
  • Diana Su
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This is a coming of age story that most high schools are forced to read. I had to read it myself nearly 20 years ago and like it. I revisited this book a few years ago and found that although it was written in the 50s, a lot of it still rings true today. The story's protagonist, Holden Caulfield, is a boy a lot of us can actually relate to deep down inside."
  • Frances Ramos
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "The Catcher in the Rye is hands down the best Books to read next"
  • Tiffany Mendez
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Another classic that has held on through the test of time. If you look at it from a teens point of view, who's fed up, and not meaning it personally, then you'll be fine. I know he's a fictional character, and that saddens me, but this book was far ahead of its time. The commentary is actually really funny - half the time I couldn't stop laughing - but it's also super interesting."
  • Pranav Dasgupta
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "The Catcher in the Rye is a classic at this point. I'm not a huge fan of this book as I think it does injustice covering manic depression and bi-polar disorder and is very unrealistic at doing so."
  • Crystal Medina
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This is a classic book that everyone will love. It's an easy read and perfect for teenagers."
  • Matthew Patterson
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I think this is an ok solution. The book is a classic but I think most people would have a lot of books ranked higher. "
  • Jose Cunningham
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "The Catcher in the Rye remains one of the best known and widely read books of all time. Holden Caulfield, as the main character of a 16 year old boy faced with being expelled from a private school and going home to his parents wanders New York. He is , depressed, lonely, and nearly suicidal. In his journey he has numerous encounters with a variety of characters. "
  • Joe George
    Written on July 5, 2018
    "Didn't take Emma Watson to read something as deranged as this, but I guess she wanted to see the world from different eyes, and The Catcher in the Rye is one of the books that sop perfectly describes what the world seems like for a kid with less guidance than most. "
  • Sanvi Patel
    Written on March 5, 2017
    "The Catcher in the Rye is a sort-of solution to the problem. This book centers around a narator who is 16 years old, so in this aspect it would appear to the Young Adult genre. However, the book was originally published in 1951 so it may have an old-fashioned appeal that modern youth won't like."
    Mildred Soto
    Written on June 24, 2017
    "The Catcher in the Rye has long been assigned reading in English classes for young adults. This book is a classic but it is dated and a bit boring in the eyes of young adults today. This book does make one think and learn about the nature of others. "
    Joyce Andrews
    Written on September 18, 2017
    "The Catcher In The Rye is a classic that I love to read. It's kind of boring at the start, but it's a great classic novel that any young person can enjoy."
  • Charles Collins
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I first read this book in high school, as I'm sure many other have. Now being much older, I revisited it and am left really questioning if I've just really grown up. It's hard for me to put the main character in the positive light I once did as a youth and I see his rebellion more as just being selfish. Ah well. Still, it's a great book."
    Randy Tran
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "I think this is a great solution. The book is a classic and one everyone should read. "
  • Claire Sun
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "The Catcher in the Rye was my favorite book in high school, and it still holds up! The main character can be unlikable at times, but that's the point of the book, in my opinion. This is such an easy read, and I think it can be appealing for a wide audience. I let my middle school child read this, and he seemed to enjoy it as much as I did. "
  • Marisol Carrillo
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I am interested in some books appropriate for a teen to read that would be relatable to the trials of being a teenager. I remember reading The Catcher in the Rye in high school, and I think it is a great suggestion. It's extremely famous and highly rated, plus is all about a teen who dealing with the angst of being a teen, so it definitely fits the bill. I will definitely be considering this option."
  • Margaret Young
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "What a great story to read!"
  • Jerry Riley
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "The Catcher in the Rye is one of the best required books to read in high school"
  • Chirag Pawar
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This is possibly my favorite book of all time and a must read. It is a classic in any time period but certainly in the 20th century. Tackles the issues of modern life."
  • Jennifer Price
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "I would recommend The Catcher in the Rye to any young adult going from high school to "the real world." While controversial simply because of curse words - and the intent behind them - this book is a great perspective on a young man's life as he goes out and finds new things and new experiences. The author does a great job letting us see the world through Holden's eyes and know exactly, unabashedly, what the child is thinking. "
  • Marilyn Sanders
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "The Catcher in the Rye is a new classic for a reason. Whether you resent or adore Holden Caufield you will come to understand him and to see the world through his eyes. Its a great introduction to character development for young readers. "
  • Brian Kelley
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This book was required reading in one of my high school classes. I wasn't much into reading at the time so I mostly skimmed it and asked a friend to fill me in on the gist of it enough so I could pass the class. Now, being older I thought I might go back actually read some of the books we were supposed to read in classes. I started with this one. It seems to be mostly incoherent rambling by some kid. Why would this ever be required reading? I'd rather read a copier instruction manual and I'd probably get more enjoyment from doing so."
  • Kathy Mason
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Every high school student remembers reading The Catcher in the Rye. The book is unforgettable. While there has been a of controversy surrounding the language used in in and the heavy themes, I think there is still a lot of value left in this book. This is a true classic from 1951 that I think high schoolers will be reading for many years to come. "
  • Samantha Patel
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "The Catcher in the Rye was one of my favorite books that I had to read in high school. I remember a lot of my classmates hated assigned reading, but this book was beautifully written. "
  • Susan Rose
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This sounds intriguing! I think my preteen could probably get through this book and if she could'nt I know my younger sister would enjoy it"
  • Pamela Butler
    Written on January 18, 2018
    "This book is a classic that should be read by adults. But for those in their impressionable teen years, this book is a nightmare of glorified profanity, vulgarity, underage drinking, and prostitution. Not only is the main character a vulgar and reprehensibly behaving teen, he is also disparaging towards minorities and women. Let your kids read this book when they are adults, and have the experience and common sense not to emulate the behavior of this character."
    Jose Williamson
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "JD Salinger's Catcher in the Rye is a classic book that is often suggested reading for teenagers. It was published in 1951 on ever since then teens have been enjoying the story of teenage angst. The linked solution is for the paperback version which is the cheapest way to own this classic. It fits the topic very well."
    Isabel de León
    Written on February 12, 2017
    "Highschoolers are often forced to read this book in school. I know that I had to. That does make it a book for teens, I guess. I never really cared for it, but I know that the teacher acted like it was very relevant to us being teens. This is like the lazy answer for what teens can read that is also a book."
    Erika Olvera
    Written on May 16, 2017
    "This is a classic book that includes a teenage perspective at times. My teenage son did not connect with the dated language of this book, but it's a classic and should be considered a good book for teens."
  • Danielle Diaz
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Definitely worth a second reading! If you were forced to read this in high school, and analyze it to death, try reading it a second time, purely for pleasure. I found the novel to be a great coming of age story. "
  • Devansh Banerjee
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This is a classic book which is a must read for all, if not as adults, then as a requirement in high schools. Though it is not a fun and adventurous type book, it isn't flat out depressing as it tells the life of a teenager and growing pains. Highly recommended as it is a work of classical American fiction."
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  • Louis Diaz
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "it seems like a wonderful book to read."
  • Omar Velázquez
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I read this book back in college and it was okay. However, I found most of the stories too unrealistic and quite frankly unbelievable. I can't say that I enjoyed it but I think some people might like it."
  • Matthew Patterson
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Yeah, it's a classic, but it shouldn't be. Most of this book is so unrealistic. For example, it's really not that easy to find a prostitute. I should know! Also, where is the parental supervision? Can you believe they still have kids read this? "
  • Nathan Robinson
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I recently bought the book "The Catcher in the Rye", and I'm really enjoying reading it! There are plenty of swear words, but I like the story of Holden Caulfield, and his rebel nature. I suggest it to everyone, but the children.."
    Sofía Olvera
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I think this solution is pretty good because the book is a classic. It also would be a solid read during the summer and fits the topic well so I like the solution here."
  • Raymundo Meléndez
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Its interesting to read but I can not suggest it for children. "
  • Kathy Williamson
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "I just finished reading The Catcher in the Rye as I find novels with mentally ill characters very interesting. I really enjoyed this book and could not put it down. I got very absorbed in the main characters life. Holden is only 16, and I could not stop thinking about his life and all he was dealing with. I would definitely recommend this book!"
  • Arjun Dutta
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This book is very captivating, I wouldn't realize so much time passed until it got dark outside. I have recommended this to family and friends who are interested in psychological fiction stories, I found the story very interesting and fund to read and think about."
  • Susan Myers
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I read this before the summer of my senior year in high school. My friends were not a big fan of it, but I thoroughly enjoyed it because it follows Holden and his 'adventure' through New York. I can't help but to feel bad and also laugh at Holden because he's so young and naive. I would have liked this book better if I didn't have to read it for school and do assignments for it."
  • Richard Daniels
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "A lot of people find this book a classic and while it is well written, I thought it was just an okay book. I like his different views on different people and situations as it can be thought-provoking although I also found it a little hard to follow sometimes. I found the vulgar language unnecessary and really distracted from the book."
  • Barbara Smith
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "The Catcher is the Rye was required reading in my high school. There's a reason they made us read the book. I would suggest grabbing this book on a rainy weekend or snowy weekend in the winter. Grab a good cup of coffee and settle down to savor Salinger's characters. I'll not lie to you. You may be offended at some of the language you read. If you can jump past that hurtle, you will read a book that will haunt you for some time to come."
  • Larry Campbell
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I'm not really sure what a magnum opus book is... but I'm pretty sure that this is not one of them. The catcher in the Rye is one of the greatest book of all time in my opinion but should not be put in this category. "
  • Phillip Parker
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I had to read this in high school, but I decided to buy it again because I wanted to read it on my own time instead of making it feel like a chore. I love it and I can see hwy its such a classic."
  • Joshua Peters
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "As a parent of someone on the Autism spectrum, I am always looking for a good read. I found Catcher in the Rye to really satisfy that need. I thought it really touched on emotional issues and made a ton of sense as far as the plot was concerned. This really helped me develop a new perspective."
  • Joe Burns
    Written on January 31, 2018
    "The Catcher in the Rye is one of the most famous American novels. For some reason, it's sort of fallen into disrepute in the popular imagination. That's a shame. This book is truly special."