Mixed Feelings

I had to read The Catcher in the Rye in 10th grade, and I didn’t like it. It’s regarded as a classic, but the teen angst theme did not make me feel genuinely interested in the plot. I couldn’t relate to Holden at all, and this is the case with many of the young adult books I find in the library. The writing style made me slightly cringe, such as “shoot the bull,” “snowing,” etc. I understand that it was probably colloquial language back then, but it just seemed too overemphasized.

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