The reason I chose this book is because JD Salinger and I share the same birth-date. Also, I came across that one quote in which Holden talks about saving children who fall of the cliff. I thought the whole book would be about a boy in a field of rye, running around saving people and pondering the deeper meanings of life.
Boy, was I wrong. All Holden did was complain, whine and repeatedly use the words “goddamn” and “phony”. He was confused, frustrated, alone, and desperately looking for people who he could relate to.
I could relate to him 100%. And despite everything, I found myself liking and empathizing with him.
I’m okay with reading about him walking along the streets of New York, dealing with anxiety, and thinking about people. I honestly wouldn’t have minded if the book had gone on for even longer. I like Holden, I like the way he thinks. I only disagree with him on the movie front. I think a movie is the only place where it is acceptable to be a phony. It’s like making something real out of something fake. So I’d ask you to rethink that, Mr. Caulfied.
John Green helped me understand the significance of the hunting hat and the carousal, both of which I hadn’t picked up on. He also made me feel better about liking Holden, when so many people hate him.
I think all of us who are coming of age are like Holden, but most of us are too phony to admit it.