I loved this book. I really enjoyed the writing, the ease of reading, and the way the story sucked me in so that I couldn't put it down. Being from th...moreI loved this book. I really enjoyed the writing, the ease of reading, and the way the story sucked me in so that I couldn't put it down. Being from the South, I could picture all of the characters, and I laughed at how correct many of the descriptions were. I so enjoyed the story, especially from the point of view of Scout. A child's perspective on things, especially racism of that time, really intrigued me and made me think on issues today and how children would view them. I would recommend this book to anyone and can see why most high schoolers are required to read it. If only more of them actually did. :)(less)
I did not read this book in high school, like most people I've heard. But I picked it up due to it's presence on my 1001 Books list. I was intrigued b...moreI did not read this book in high school, like most people I've heard. But I picked it up due to it's presence on my 1001 Books list. I was intrigued by the book due to a reference from a movie with Julia Roberts and a rogue assassin (I still don't know what movie that was or that I remember it correctly) that I caught a glimpse of once. I thought it would have something to do with government conspiracies or something. Imagine my surprise.
I honestly don't really know what to think about the book. After I finished it, I was still trying to figure it out - and I felt as I did in high school with assigned reading, that I had missed something important. I even SparkNotes-ed it just to see. And apparently, I did miss part of it - because I was unsure of the significance of the catcher in the rye idea. But, anyway, I got most of it on my own, I guess.
I admire Salinger's writing. I truly felt that I had stepped inside a teenager's head. It did not feel artificial at all. It saddens me a little bit as to the idea that this is the teenager symbol of rebellion and alienation, yet I could never find a resolving, concluding point. It reminded me of the movie Rebel Without a Cause. It made me wish I had studied it in a high school or college English class, so I could see others point of view on the book.
Ultimately, I gave this book a 3/5 because I am glad I read it - but I can't see myself reading it again or picking it as a favorite. I can see why it is a classic, and I agree with the ideas of it being a symbol of teenage alienation. I only wish that there was a point that could encourage teenagers. I loved Holden's love of his sister, and I am truly glad the book did not end in suicide (as I thought it might). Me, being the pediatric nurse at heart, I wanted it to have a "fixing" quality that could speak to teenagers across the board. But I guess the simple idea that they are not alone in their alienation would be a point. I'm not really sure. I feel as though the book contained an underlying message that I missed. I'm glad I read it. Happy I can mark it off my list. I guess this is simple proof that I did not find my calling in literature. Good thing I'm a nurse not an English teacher.