Thursday, July 25, 2013

Teen Review: Classics

A review by M.G. Lewis,
ninth grade

One of my favorite books of all time would have to be The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, a fictional young adult novel about a teenage boy who essentially runs away from the boarding school in which he is enrolled. The book takes you through the adventures the protagonist experiences throughout his night in New York City (where his boarding school is.) At 214 pages, The Catcher in the Rye may seem like a simple read, and, to some degree, it is. The bitter, funny narration of the protagonist will keep you turning page after page; however, paragraphs can be up to a page long before they break, which is an ominous sight for anyone, much less a teenager. Due to this, being a ninth grader myself, I would put this book at a ninth grade reading level and above. I would also have to add that this book, though there is nothing horribly explicit, contains the frequent use of mild language, and one scene involving a woman in the "oldest business around."

The protagonist, Holden Caulfield, is essentially a fictional projection of every teenager. He is fed up and done, and not afraid to say so. His subtle hatred of every person who comes in his path, excluding his little sister, will not only make a teenager laugh, but it will make him or her sit back and think. I think every adolescent can find themselves a bit in Holden Caulfield, although some may more than others. Although his certain ‘voice’ may not appeal to others, it appealed to me, and I think most teenagers will feel the same.

This book stands alone with no sequels or prequels, but has the quality of 10 books packed into it. I would definitely recommend this to any young adult or adolescent, giving it an overall rating of 5/5.

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