Book reviews

10 Things I hate About The Catcher In The Rye

I recently re-read this renowned classic and I didn’t like it the first time and my opinions have not changed since and here’s why

  1. Holden is annoying,
  2. He’s judgmental, I mean he just goes around making assumptions about everyone and everything and thinks of himself as a saint.
  3. He’s unreliable- the whole novel he keeps saying “If you wanna know the truth” but are you really telling us the truth Holden really?
  4. He’s unrelatable. The thought that people can empathize and understand this guy just, is beyond me.
  5. There is no plot to the book. Countless times I have asked myself “where is this going again?” oh that’s right nowhere, it’s just a boy who gets kicked out of school and mopes around in New York. Seriously.
  6. ┬áIt’s difficult to interpret– I see myself as quite adequate when it comes to deciphering metaphors and the message of the book and whatnot, but this book just, it’s so obvious but not obvious in the message it’s trying to get across about the whole “growing up” thing I don’t know.
  7. People think all teenagers are like Holden, this book has become such a huge symbol of youth culture that many people I’ve come across are under the impression that all teenagers are like Holden. Which is NOT TRUE. I’m a teenager and I am not like that boy
  8. The book is too mundane. I mean the author just describes Holden catching the train, or Holden in his hotel room throughout the whole novel and as a result
  9. It’s too boring
  10. I had to read it for school. I mean if that isn’t reason enough to hate it I don’t know what is

Those are my reasons. Remember these are my opinions, if you did like the book try and convince me in the comments!

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Loss of Innocence

I recently finished reading The Catcher in the Rye for school and as with any book read in school we have to write an essay.

One of, if not THE, central message of the novel is ‘losing your innocence’ and diving into adulthood from childhood, which got me thinking what does loss of innocence actually mean?

If you look at the definition of innocence, it’s often associated with purity or being naive.

And I think children are very pure, in the sense that they don’t let external factors affect their opinion of someone or something.

To illustrate my point, if Little Jhonny thinks you’re a bad man he’s going to say it (that’s a very bad example) but I believe children are very perceptive when it comes to differing right from wrong. There are no grey areas. It’s just black or white

But as we get older we’re taught to process our thoughts and process what we’re going to say. I can’t just blurt out every single thing I think of someone, but as a child you can get away with that. Which leads me to the question

Is what we say or express actually a representation of ourselves or is it mostly a product of our environment?

There’s comes a point, I guess adolescence would be a perfect example, where we stop being completely and truly ourselves and becomes this thing called a part of society. We conform to opinions and behaviours and music tastes, not entirely but still.

And I guess that’s what loss of innocence means: losing yourself.

NOTE: This post may or may not make sense or be highly accurate, but just my opinion, just throwing it out there.

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