The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, illustrates a hopeless boy who runs away to New York City. After Holden, the main character, gets kicked out of school and his home, he figures out the best option would be to run away from his home and try to find hope somewhere else. He experiences a cycle of the same emotions over and over again, which makes the book seem boring. However, through all of Holden’s mental instability, there are rare moments of growth. Totally against the idea, Holden believes growing up is equivalent to phoniness, which is something he never wants to become. When first reading the book, I did not like it because there was no plot and no growth seemed to happen, but after diving deeper into the book, I realized Holden is a very complex and interesting character. Also, the cover of the book caught my eye because of the bright orange. People who love analyzing books would definitely love The Catcher in the Rye.
Dec 2, 2021