|Highly overrated book. I don’t understand why this book has such a large following. Holden isn’t a rebel as is often claimed, he is actually a self absorbed spoiled brat who thinks most everyone else in the book is a “phony” or not worth his time.
The book is not even structurally artistic and lacks merit. Just a long ramble from a disturbed, unlikeable narrator. The excessive use of trite phrases does nothing to add to the appeal.
The only redeeming trait of the narrator is that he wants to be the catcher in the rye, i.e. saving children from falling out of innocence into the perils of adulthood. However, from how the narrator is presented in the novel, one senses that he would think the falling child would either be too phony or unimportant to bother saving.
Book Review: Catcher in The Rye