A review by tomk
The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger

funny reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


An well-realised character study of an insightful, troubled young man who is full of definite answers for the strange, inauthentic behaviours of the peers and adults in his life. The plot drives an exploration of his neuroses, and challenges their preconceptions about those around him - often confirming them. The narrator's tone and cynicism is rendered very faithfully to the experience of being young, and coupled with the struggles of disconnection, loss, and the chaos of life.

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