Thursday, May 21, 2015

Reading Challenge Book Review #9


So I'm a bit behind in the reading challenge (catch up here) but I kinda don't care at all. I'm making a ton of progress & I'll find a way to catch up, somehow.  One of the categories I was most excited for was a book you should have read growing up.  I actually had multiple books I wanted to read for this category, but I've always wanted to read the classic, Catcher in the Rye, so here was my chance!  It was absolutely not what I was expecting (not that I knew what to expect, because I didn't), but I really liked it! I'm sad I didn't get a chance to read it when I was younger because there are definite aspects I could have related to. But even now as an adult, I think everyone can relate to the main character, a 16 year old angsty Holden in some way.   If you haven't read the book, check out the summary (kindly borrowed from goodreads) below & then READ IT.  

Summary
Since his debut in 1951 as The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield has been synonymous with "cynical adolescent." Holden narrates the story of a couple of days in his sixteen-year-old life, just after he's been expelled from prep school, in a slang that sounds edgy even today and keeps this novel on banned book lists. It begins,

"If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth. In the first place, that stuff bores me, and in the second place, my parents would have about two hemorrhages apiece if I told anything pretty personal about them."

His constant wry observations about what he encounters, from teachers to phonies (the two of course are not mutually exclusive) capture the essence of the eternal teenage experience of alienation.

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