The Catcher in the Rye: Book Review

Morgan Cook

It’s difficult beyond measure when your younger sister is intelligent beyond compare for her age, your older brother is a Hollywood star, and you are just…plainly you.

A story about confusion, acceptance, and not knowing who you are in a society filled with people who understand their place: The Catcher in the Rye follows teenager Holden Caulfield as he struggles through a world of “phonies”, fakes, and ducks in a park. This classic novel tells his moving tale as he exits his school grounds, puts on a certain red cap and learns to break free of the shackles that family, education, society, and duty have placed on him.

Holden’s turbulent adventure is filled with unsure love, irritating movie theaters, fake identities, icy ponds, lonesome hotel rooms, taxi drivers, nuns, dancing sneaking, hiding, and a museum filled to the brim with nostalgia. This miraculous tale is one that encourages empathy, sadness, laughter, and smiles in everyone of all ages. Throughout this captivating book, readers are able to experience just one day of what it would be like to simply not belong.


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