J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye Reviews

Click here if this is your business
★★★★☆
3.5 / 5
65% of users recommend this
Click here if this is your business
  • Value For Money

? Ask our helpful community of experts about this product or company
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye - Ask a question now

Media Gallery for J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

Refine your search

Use the tools below to refine your search by only displaying reviews with a certain number of star ratings or to only show reviews from a certain time period. Eg click on '1 star' to just display the reviews we have which received a 1 star rating click or 'Within the last month' to display just reviews posted over the last month.

  • Average Rating Over Time
  • Within the last month ***** (From 0 reviews)
  • Within the last 6 months *** (From 0 reviews)
  • Within the last 12 months * (From 0 reviews)

Latest Reviews

★★★★★
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

“I have been surprised to read the negative reviews on...”

Written on: 29/03/2011

I have been surprised to read the negative reviews on this forum of Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, which can be attributed to people finding the heavy themes overbearing, the descriptions repetitive, or, as has been admitted, some 'don't get it.' Certainly in a novel focused on teenage angst, the depression Holden suffers from does make for a heavy read at times, and of course his negative outlook on the world does not make him a great role model for teenagers. However, there is some… Read Full Review

If you are commenting on behalf of the company that has been reviewed, please consider upgrading to Official Business Response for higher impact replies.
Report this review
★★★★★
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

“Having read 'Justanotherreview's' review of The...”

Written on: 25/03/2011

Having read 'Justanotherreview's' review of The Catcher, i think that maybe he is not quite understanding the storyline, it is not only about teenage angst and how a teenager of the time feels. It is important to understand the era that Holden Caulfield is from and influences of the time which directly affect the type and style of language used, which for a young person of today must seem prehistoric. The basis of the story is that he has had a nervous breakdown and is explaining the days… Read Full Review

If you are commenting on behalf of the company that has been reviewed, please consider upgrading to Official Business Response for higher impact replies.
Report this review
★★☆☆☆
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

“I don't get it. I just really don't. People keep...”

Written on: 22/08/2010 by JustAnotherReview (2 reviews written)

I don't get it. I just really don't. People keep mentioning the fact that this novel is a classic and a 'real success' amongst teenage readers but I'm 17 years of age and I can honestly say that it is not worth the read. First of all, I don't really think that The Catcher does give insight into the workings of a teenager's mind.In fact, to me, it just seems that Haulden Caulfield is going through some kind of severe depression (what's more, his monologue or 'stream of consciousness' is very… Read Full Review

If you are commenting on behalf of the company that has been reviewed, please consider upgrading to Official Business Response for higher impact replies.
Report this review
★★★★★
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

“I loved this book! I know lots of people don't like it...”

Written on: 27/04/2010 by nady94 (1 review written)

I loved this book! I know lots of people don't like it but it is definitely one of my favourite books. Holden's view of the world is so different and interesting and I loved reading about him. The style of writing takes a few chapters to get used to but I think it makes the novel. It's basically about this boy called Holden Caulfield and it is him telling you about his life. Although sometimes you got annoyed with the main character I think that shows how well it is written. Many people would… Read Full Review

If you are commenting on behalf of the company that has been reviewed, please consider upgrading to Official Business Response for higher impact replies.
Report this review
★★☆☆☆
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

“A Catcher in the Rye. An interesting read. I...”

Written on: 02/09/2009

A Catcher in the Rye. An interesting read. I personally got quite bored of the long and quite useless descriptions of, say, a piece of clothing. By the last few chapters i was annoyed by the writing style and how Holden, the main character, thinks. He is very depressing and believes everything is 'phony'. I have read that this book represents youth and childhood. I think that it is inaccurate and Salinger probably didn't understand at all how we think.
Saying all this i must admit that i didn't… Read Full Review

If you are commenting on behalf of the company that has been reviewed, please consider upgrading to Official Business Response for higher impact replies.
Report this review
★★★★☆
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

“A prime example of the 'emperor's new clothes'...”

Written on: 11/04/2009

A prime example of the 'emperor's new clothes' phenomenon that seems to be plague the overly pretentious literary world. The Catcher in the Rye is an absolutely terrible book. It is self indulgent twaddle written by some overly angsty man who must be incredibly self obsessed. You learn very little about the human condition from it, and the style of writing is terrible. Yes I know it's deliberate, I know Salinger is trying to write from the perspective of a teen, but he doesn't do it terribly… Read Full Review

If you are commenting on behalf of the company that has been reviewed, please consider upgrading to Official Business Response for higher impact replies.

Reviewkitten's Comment

Written on: 29/01/2010

I first read The Catcher in the Rye when I was a teenager (some years ago now) and enjoyed the haphazard feel to the narration. Odd how this review has given the book 4 stars but then goes on to say they don't rate the book...

Reply to this comment
If you are commenting on behalf of the company that has been reviewed, please consider upgrading to Official Business Response for higher impact replies.
Report this review Read 1 Comment
★☆☆☆☆
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

“The book starts out very reasonably and moves somewhat...”

Written on: 09/12/2008

The book starts out very reasonably and moves somewhat at a normal pace. The book fails to develop at a good rate. He drones on and on about these goddam gloves, or how someone's hair looks, or how such and such annoys the hell out of me. It really is possibly the worst book ever! I recently read that the hunting hat was a symbol as well! Can you believe that? This author did not know what he was doing. The story lasts for no more than a few days, and he has no sense of story building and… Read Full Review

If you are commenting on behalf of the company that has been reviewed, please consider upgrading to Official Business Response for higher impact replies.
Report this review
★★★★☆
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

“'Holden is more cynical than innocent '.”

Written on: 25/11/2008 by ambrose55 (1 review written)

'Holden is more cynical than innocent '.
Cynicism was originally the combined philosophies of a group of ancient Greeks known as the Cynics, founded by Antisthenes is the fourth century BC. They rejected society and advocated a simpler way of living, spurning money, religion, and other bastions of the advanced society of ancient Greece in favour of the 'pursuit of virtue ' . The fact that Holden seems to spurn society makes him a cynic in its purest form, the modern definition of cynicism… Read Full Review

If you are commenting on behalf of the company that has been reviewed, please consider upgrading to Official Business Response for higher impact replies.
Report this review
★★★★☆
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

“I thought I could easily relate to it. He teaches you...”

Written on: 20/11/2008

I thought I could easily relate to it. He teaches you a lesson and takes you on a journey. It's well written but very controversial. I think that this is a wonderful read… Read Full Review

If you are commenting on behalf of the company that has been reviewed, please consider upgrading to Official Business Response for higher impact replies.
Report this review
★★★★☆
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

“This is a good read. Some might be put off by the...”

Written on: 18/11/2008 by DELTAGOLF (39 reviews written)

This is a good read. Some might be put off by the style it is written in (50's teenage slang), but if you persevere, you build a very close bond to the protagonist and his rather disturbed outlook on life. It was a refreshing book and left me wanting more (for me, a sign of a good book). Rather bleak in outlook, this book makes several valid points on life, society and the angst most teenagers experience. Worth a read.

My rating: 80%… Read Full Review

If you are commenting on behalf of the company that has been reviewed, please consider upgrading to Official Business Response for higher impact replies.
Report this review
★★★☆☆
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

“Although initially, I was drawn in by the interesting...”

Written on: 04/11/2008 by readme500 (2 reviews written)

Although initially, I was drawn in by the interesting characterisation of the protagonist, I soon wondered when something significant was actually going to happen. It didn't. I liked the way that Salinger presented existentialist issues and made them accessible to young people, but really, the book just wasn't overly captivating. Even though it's a novel that has gained much critical acclaim for being 'original' I just found it boring… Read Full Review

If you are commenting on behalf of the company that has been reviewed, please consider upgrading to Official Business Response for higher impact replies.
Report this review
★★★★☆
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

“The Catcher in the Rye has realistic action, typical...”

Written on: 23/10/2008

The Catcher in the Rye has realistic action, typical teenage behavior and gave me insight into the behavior of today's teenagers. Although i didn't like some of the language as it prevented some of it making sense. Overall, I thought it was insightful and realistic, easily read and understood, enjoyable… Read Full Review

If you are commenting on behalf of the company that has been reviewed, please consider upgrading to Official Business Response for higher impact replies.
Report this review
★★★★★
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

“I thoroughly enjoyed this book- it was a great read. I...”

Written on: 07/11/2007 by JoyB (1 review written)

I thoroughly enjoyed this book- it was a great read. I was charmed by Holden and his little quirks- The character is by no means boring, and though he does repeat things, it's in a very conversational way, you really do feel like he's talking to you, and you alone- it's wonderful. J.D Salinger is an amazing writer- I laughed so much at some of the comments Holden makes in the books, and a lot of his observations just rang so true to me. His relationships with his family are real, and I could… Read Full Review

If you are commenting on behalf of the company that has been reviewed, please consider upgrading to Official Business Response for higher impact replies.
Report this review
★★★★★
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

“I borrowed this book as I needed something to read...”

Written on: 17/03/2007 by jennibean (6 reviews written)

I borrowed this book as I needed something to read which wasn't too long. The story focuses on a teenager, Holden Caulfield, who basically talks to the reader as he would a therapist. From the beginning, the audience is introduced to the fact that Holden is a very opinionated, cynical, yet deep thinker who is 'taking some time out' suggesting mental health as a key theme in the story. Throughout, he expresses his feelings and reviews his life in a way which many of today's teenagers (and… Read Full Review

If you are commenting on behalf of the company that has been reviewed, please consider upgrading to Official Business Response for higher impact replies.
Report this review
★★★★★
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

“This is one of the best books I've read since the...”

Written on: 09/10/2006 by bookie (1 review written)

This is one of the best books I've read since the Harry Potter series. The reason I started reading it is because I'm a big Jonathan Taylor Thomas fan. He read the book and I wanted to read it too, and The Catcher In The Rye is actually now one of my favorite books. I love the way Holden expresses himself and just everything about it. I just love it! I don't know why, but it is a very good book, and if anyone doesn't like it, well I don't know why, because it is very good… Read Full Review

If you are commenting on behalf of the company that has been reviewed, please consider upgrading to Official Business Response for higher impact replies.

Onwriting's Response to bookie's Review

Written on: 08/03/2007

I've read this book too. I don't think that everyone is going to love it as you think they should. I didn't love it but I still read it. But you can't say nobody can dislike this book when you haven't even given a solid answer as to why you liked it in the first place. The best we got was "I loved the way Holden expressed himself." You gotta' tell us how though. I'm sure this book is loved by millions as I was told also before I read it but I'm sorry to say that I won't ever be part of that elite group.

Reply to this comment
If you are commenting on behalf of the company that has been reviewed, please consider upgrading to Official Business Response for higher impact replies.
Report this review Read 1 Comment
★★★★☆
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

“The fact that Holden is always depressed in J.D....”

Written on: 12/12/2005 by tyler h (1 review written)

The fact that Holden is always depressed in J.D. Salinger's the Catcher in the Rye sort of made me depressed, yet thankful for my gifts. Even though he repeats things twice, the second time with "I mean..." or "you really have to be in the mood for...", portrays the personality that J.D. Salinger gave him. I respect this read, because personally I enjoy reading books based on time periods based on history, so this left me wanting more… Read Full Review

If you are commenting on behalf of the company that has been reviewed, please consider upgrading to Official Business Response for higher impact replies.
Report this review
☆☆☆☆☆
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

“J.D. Salinger's, The Catcher in the Rye uses language...”

Written on: 03/10/2005 by ghettosquirral11 (1 review written)

J.D. Salinger's, The Catcher in the Rye uses language which the youth of today can understand. Which makes it a good book for teenagers to read. Also it has a lot of problems which the modern society is still with and so you can read what Holden does, another teenager, does in these specific sticky spots.t The language is explicit and derogotive… Read Full Review

If you are commenting on behalf of the company that has been reviewed, please consider upgrading to Official Business Response for higher impact replies.
Report this review
★★★★★
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

“J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye - Synopsis: ”

Written on: 24/08/2004 by Dreadlocksmile (358 reviews written)

J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye - Synopsis:
"Holden Caulfield, a teenager growing up in 1950s New York, has been expelled from school for poor achievement once again. In an attempt to deal with this he leaves school a few days prior to the end of term, and goes to New York to 'take a vacation' before returning to his parents' inevitable wrath. Told as a monologue, the book describes Holden's thoughts and activities over these few days, during which he describes a developing nervous… Read Full Review

If you are commenting on behalf of the company that has been reviewed, please consider upgrading to Official Business Response for higher impact replies.
Report this review
★★★★★
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

“The Catcher in the Rye is a Romantic horror story. It...”

Written on: 30/03/2004 by 8899 (1 review written)

The Catcher in the Rye is a Romantic horror story. It tells the doomed life of Holden Caulfeild, who dies at the end of his life. It is pure genius. Read it with soft stoner, trippy music in the background - it will enhance the experience of feeling immersed in a real, gritty, yet often dreamlike and hilarious world.

one of the most enjoyable books I have ever read… Read Full Review

If you are commenting on behalf of the company that has been reviewed, please consider upgrading to Official Business Response for higher impact replies.
Report this review
☆☆☆☆☆
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

“I didn't like The Catcher in the Rye in the least bit...”

Written on: 25/02/2004 by reviewer of bad books (1 review written)

I didn't like The Catcher in the Rye in the least bit except where Holden gets it in the end. The book was terribly boring...all Holden ever did was judge people..he smoked drank and talked about how crumby everything and every one was....he's not a normal person. The crumby thing he's talking about is sex. What teenager in there right mind doesn't think about sex in some way shape or form..He does but he thinks it's bad....I also really hate how he says things 3 times over and over. I don't… Read Full Review

If you are commenting on behalf of the company that has been reviewed, please consider upgrading to Official Business Response for higher impact replies.

Kayryn's Response to 145092_reviewer of bad books's Review

Written on: 12/06/2004

Dear sir,
<br>You are the first bad review I have seen of this book. I am not one to judge before I meet but you are talking complete nonsense. Holden Culfield was created by the author to show how everyone feels. I'm sure that at least once in your life you've looked at someone or something and absolutely hated them or it for no good reason. For instance I hate people who say something about something or someone but when it comes to your turn to say exactly the same they go against you. Has anyone ever died in your life. If not wait a while and once someone does then read the book again. You will not like the fact that he goes into a mental asylum as you will feel exactly how he felt. Exactly what he felt and you will know why he is how he is.

Reply to this comment
If you are commenting on behalf of the company that has been reviewed, please consider upgrading to Official Business Response for higher impact replies.

Guest's Response to 145092_reviewer of bad books's Review

Written on: 05/07/2011

A classic novel? I think not, I had heard if this book since I was young and I've got to say it is awful! Boring and doesn't give an insight or comment on anything other than how to make you regret ever learning to read!

Reply to this comment
If you are commenting on behalf of the company that has been reviewed, please consider upgrading to Official Business Response for higher impact replies.

Guest's Response to 145092_reviewer of bad books's Review

Written on: 05/07/2011

A classic novel? I think not, I had heard if this book since I was young and I've got to say it is awful! Boring and doesn't give an insight or comment on anything other than how to make you regret ever learning to read!

Reply to this comment
If you are commenting on behalf of the company that has been reviewed, please consider upgrading to Official Business Response for higher impact replies.

420318_Ambrose55's Response to 145092_reviewer of bad books's Review

Written on: 25/11/2008

I suggest that you read my review that discusses the fact that Caulfield is in fact innocent, it's great! The conclusion is a bit rubbish though!

Reply to this comment
If you are commenting on behalf of the company that has been reviewed, please consider upgrading to Official Business Response for higher impact replies.

420250_Zoeymohag15's Response to 145092_reviewer of bad books's Review

Written on: 25/11/2008

dear sir, honestly, the people that got ZERO out of the book obviously didn't look at it properly. Seriously, i hated reading this book but i probably got more out of it than anyone on my class. The tequines of symbolism, forshadowing and the use of minor characters relates to many people in various ways. Also, the fact this book has been put down by society before about 40 years is enough for me to read it, who doesn't want to eb rebellious? All of us have a lot of Holden Caulfield in them. A stubborn teenager that doesn't know exactly where he is going in life or as some could look to him as a hero of the 'torn' ages between childhood and adulthood. The situations of tempation with the prostitues and peer presure like drinking and smoking help relate the book to teens. That's why highschools read this book/ Try reading the book again, seriously.

Reply to this comment
If you are commenting on behalf of the company that has been reviewed, please consider upgrading to Official Business Response for higher impact replies.

218784_Britt's Response to 145092_reviewer of bad books's Review

Written on: 28/11/2005

Dear Sir,
I COMPLETELY agree! I am a teenager myself and while reading the book I truly felt that it had NO climax, NO enticing plot, and NO POINT! I don't understand why every high school student has to read this book. I am going to talk to department heads and school headmasters to discuss why such a pointless book- even though it is about teenage angst- is being taught to teenagers. Why aren't we learning absolute classics; Dickens, Shakespeare, Hemmingway, Poe, Bronte, Wilde, etc. I could go on, but I think you get the picture. This book was entertaining originally, but once you get past the fact that he isn't joking; that he really is a cynical person... it really isn't very good. The book was going nowhere and was a tedious task to finish.

Reply to this comment
If you are commenting on behalf of the company that has been reviewed, please consider upgrading to Official Business Response for higher impact replies.

Mystiquefire79's Response to 145092_reviewer of bad books's Review

Written on: 15/12/2004

Dude, this book was seriously way cool. If I were you I would take the time to really take a gander at this masterpiece. This kid is like the representation of a seriously huge bunch of slobs out there and quite frankly I find him a genius. Despite the bad decisions he's made in his previous life, he's taken the time to really explore and find out who he really is, get in touch with some old buddies, and even try out a whore or two... it's something that we all eventually do, and if you have a problem with reality than maybe you yourself should check into a looney bin...

Reply to this comment
If you are commenting on behalf of the company that has been reviewed, please consider upgrading to Official Business Response for higher impact replies.
Report this review Read 7 Comments
overview