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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
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Aug 02, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: 8-star, classics, library, reread
Read in February, 2010

** spoiler alert ** I’m sure I read this in high school but I didn’t remember it at all, not even whether I had liked it or not. Holden Caulfield has just been expelled from his exclusive prep school, a few days before the end of term, and he goes to stay in a New York hotel rather than returning home immediately and having to explain why he is home early. I felt a surprising amount of empathy for Holden. He clearly still grieves for the brother who died, and loves his little sister Phoebe dearly. These facts render this alienated teenager surprisingly likeable.

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