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“There is no friend as loyal as a book.” ― Ernest Hemingway

The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger I finished this book quite fast. It’s the kind of book that keeps you reading, suddenly you’ve read 20 pages without noticing you read so much, but you don’t have to keep reading, like with page-turners. I really liked this book. I read The Perks of Being a Wallflower before this one and I noticed a lot of similarities. Since The Perks of Being a Wallflower is one of my favorite books, I loved this one too. I think Holden was quite a difficult character to figure out. At first he seemed really mean to me, I didn’t like him to be honest. But after a while I really started caring for him and I was able to relate to him in a way I surely did not expect. He reminded me a lot of myself, but at the same time we were complete opposites. That was very strange and new to me and I think it made me like the book more. I sort of liked the way he saw the world, but I thought he was also very pessimistic and that made me kind of sad. I agreed with him on many things in the book, but I think there are more optimistic ways to have the opinions he has. On the other hand, the pessimism made the idea behind the story more clear and understandable. It wouldn’t be as good if Holden would have been an extremely happy and optimistic person.The swearing bothered me a bit at first, but once I got used to it, I didn’t care that much anymore. It contributed to Holden’s personality and gave his opinions more strength I think.It’s funny how books always seem to answer to the mood you’re in and the things that are on your mind. This book did this more than any other book I’ve ever read and it completely blew my mind.