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Friday, November 5, 2010

Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye

The lead character in this story is a troubled youth that feels all his adolescent issues in its most extreme. He grapples through identity, sexuality, belonging, purpose, achievement, and pressure in a mask of unbridled rage and rebellion. In the book, we follow him as he struggles through his pain alone after being expelled. The book is a tirade of profanity and rants, but the ending is a shining light amidst it all.

What I took from this book is that we often pride ourselves in going through our difficulties alone. We get broken from the weight but we refuse to let the world see that we hurt. Sometimes, all we need is one true friend that will insist that he or she share the load.

This book is for anyone who is feeling particularly angry at the world. Sometimes we have rebellious moments that have no sense but they're there anyway. A book to share the rage with. With an ending that's a killer. An excellent read.