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The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

Review by Liara

This book is supposedly one of the Great American Novels, and it is much admired by people of my parents' generation. It is the classic description of teenage angst. Well, either there is a generation-gap thing going on or I am not a very angstful teenager, because I just didn't quite get it.

This is the story of Holden Caulfield, who is expelled from his boarding school just before Christmas break. Most of the book involves his trip home, where he takes a side trip through some unsavory places in New York City. My main problem with this book was that I just didn't understand Holden's character. He had a bad attitude for no reason that I could see. Many times I just wanted to shake him and tell him to get his act together and stop being such a jerk. He was sometimes funny, but often what he considered funny I just thought was stupid.

So, I guess it's hard to like a book when the plot is basically a running monologue by a character you don't get along with. Because of that I did not like this book at all, and I give it only one out of five amulets.


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