The Catcher in the Rye.

Posted April 3rd, 2011 by ShelbyL94

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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. SalingerMy favorite book of all time is The Catcher in the Rye. I read this book when I was in 4th grade, and have read it 4 or 5 more times since then. The part that I like the best about this book is that the main character is very easy to identify with. The main character is named Holden Caulfield. Holden is a rebellious teenager, whom feels as though he is lost a lot of the time, living in the late 1940s or early 1950s. He keeps getting kicked out of prep schools, and can’t seem to figure out where he belongs. I feel as though this character is easy to relate to because a lot of us feel lost during points of our lives. Holden Caulfield is the poster child for teenage youth. However, it is argued that Holden complains and whines too much, he hardly ever voices his complaints to anyone else in the novel. At times he keeps to himself while at other times he begs for human affection. Holden is a very complicated character and that is what makes him so realistic to readers. As I mentioned earlier the novel is set during the late 1940s, or the early 1950s in New York. Although a lot of teenagers find the book easy easily identifiable to their lives, it is becoming harder and harder for modern age kids to identify with Holden because his character was created during older times.  Since technology has been rapidly advancing, kids don’t see the full picture when they read books because they are too busy being focused on things such as cell phones, social networking, and video games. Kids are not taking the time to appreciate a good book, and concentrate on the deeper meaning of books.


My name is Shelby Lammela, and I am 16 years old. I live in Indiana. I'm an honors student at my high school. My favorite book is The Catcher in the Rye. I plan on going to college to study either Creative Writing or Journalism. I also love music, and Green Day is my favorite band. I also speak some German.

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