Book Review: Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

September 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

To say that J. D Salinger focuses on character rather than plot in The Catcher in the Rye would be an understatement.  The book follows troubled teen Holden Caulfield through three days of his life.  By some estimations a lot happens in these days, but by others, nothing happens at all.  The book paints a fascinating and compelling portrayal of the life of one teenage boy, and is an amazing lesson in characterization.  Interesting side note: the phrase “screwed up” originated with this book.

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