The Misunderstood Character

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Young Adult  |  House: Booksie Classic

The Cather in the Rye was a book that had young adults over thinking in the past and relating to Holden. Yet even though people see him as ruthless, he still shook all of our minds to thins very day.

South Park was the show that awkwardly introduced me to Catcher in the Rye. Watching the episode that trash talked the book caused me to assume that the book was awful even though I never read it. My brother convinced me not to throw it away. I felt like the book was a god and had a power that can't be ignored. So years later I chose to do Catcher in the Rye as a presentation and only know about John Lennon. I barely had info on the book but I knew I had the balls to take it on. I kept readding summaries, Sparknotes, and was just skimming through. But when my mom took me to Barnes and Noble to buy my summer book, I also got Catcher in the Rye. And boy was that the best desicon. My bro lost his copy but I couldn't find it.Plus I needed more info for presenting. And I was done about 5 days with the book and ended up crying like a wuss. Part of me wants J.D to make a part 2 and the other doesn't. Anyways, he's dead RIP. But Holden to me is the greatest character ever. Not only is he relatable but he just has a lot of points that are so true. I'm not saying everyone is a phony but I know there are people who are just unreliable. Yes Holden has some mental issues, but him caring for his sister, ressiting adulthood, and making it out on his own is so damn relatable. I know this book is controversial overall, but to me it has taught me lessons but most of all it made me relate to Holden, mainly author experiences. I know I can never fully give up in the child in me either, but I know I have to face the real world. And yes I know Holden can be this guy who sees the world differently. But we all do in some kind of way. If you say no you have in a harsh experience and you still have that taped to the back of your head. Now I know people still don't agree with me and it's ok. But to say he's just annoyingly ranting about his life is dumb. Read it from a diffent angle or different age. Holden has some good qualities that I and most people like you can relate to. Yeah he needs help too, getting at the end but planning to go to school, but to me we all do especially at one point in our lives. I can relate to him and him being misunderstood just like me makes him my favorite character of all time. 

Submitted: July 07, 2013

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Very touching, but I'd wager to say that Holden isn't necessarily the best character of all time, if only because many young adult novels (before and after Catcher) feature a character similar to him, so perhaps he is not the greatest because of this similarity. I would suggest Ignatius Reilly of A Confederacy of Dunces as the greatest, for he is entirely himself. (for your information, I believe that for you he is the greatest, and I think the way you put it was mature and interesting, I'm just saying Ignatius is best because I think that you should read A Confederacy of Dunces :P). Keep up the from the heart writing, but maybe work on grammar and spelling skills for the future.

Sat, August 3rd, 2013 3:45am


i know my grammar sucks but thanks for the polite comment. Maybe i will try out the book

Tue, August 13th, 2013 3:30am


you said

Tue, August 13th, 2013 3:31am

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