This one I finished a week or so ago. It was recommended to me by an instructor. I was out of books and because I’m hitting up the library for reading material, I decided to give it a go.
I had always figured this book was about rye farmers, but I cracked it open to realize it takes place mostly in New York City. Go figure. Anyway, I liked this book. It was like a long dramatic monologue—where you learn more about the speaker than the actual topic.
Poor Holden acts like the world is weighing on his shoulders. Haven’t we all felt like that, though? That things would be better if we actually could bear the weight and relieve the misery we see in others even though we may be miserable for doing so. I was a little suspicious of Holden, though. He had a weird fascination with kids. Although he was disturbed by waking up to his former teacher petting his head, he didn’t have a problem sneaking into his younger sister’s room and watching her sleep—or at least go through her things.
The book was so good that I read it pretty darn quick. Remember that morning I slept in until 11am? (I still can’t believe I slept that late.) Well, that night I snuck 20-30 minutes of reading in before I fell asleep—all despite the fact I was pretty tired that night. That’s saying a lot for a book, because if a book sucks, I’m going straight to sleep.
My only problem: I kept thinking about the movie “The Good Girl” and how Jake Gyllenhaal's character refers to himself as Holden. That movie was okay, but I still think Jennifer Aniston could have been uglier.
If you haven’t ever been required to, go ahead and read it. It’s worth it.