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Mass Market Paperback The Catcher in the Rye Book

ISBN: 0553250256

ISBN13: 9780553250251

The Catcher in the Rye

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Book Overview

Holden narrates the story of a couple of days in his sixteen-year-old life, just after he's been expelled from prep school.

Customer Reviews

13 ratings

I did not feel this book would be considered to be in good condition..

The binding of the book was good, it was definitely held together and intact. There was writing on the majority of the pages, it was obviously used for a class for a student. There were over 50 tabs on the side of the book.. again, used as a school assignment. I would not consider this to be in a good condition. I would not have purchased it had I known it would be in this condition overall.

Book condition was okay, content was not.

Thought I’d try it since it’s a “classic”. Ever since I saw it in Conspiracy Theory, I’ve wondered. What a waste of time. The ramblings of a madman. Lots of swearing. I won’t say anything more, because too much and I’d just spoil it.

Very boring

I got up to chapter 17 but I really couldn’t finish this book idk maybe I can someday. Holden dislike-fulness on just about everything and he’s narcissistic lite personality made it really hard for me to focus on the book.

Great condition!

Beautiful book

best book ever

genuinely my favorite book in the whole world. if you don't like it, you didn't get it. which is fine, but it's not because the book is bad, it's because it's for a specific type of person. pls give it a try!!!

Had writing in it

I was very disappointed to find that the book 1) didn't have the cover shown in the image and 2) had a previous owner's name in it. Although I know it's not a huge deal, I wish I could return it for another.

Should be in top 10 books to avoid

There is nothing to like about this book. It makes NO sense, has NO plot or direction and reads like a 4 year old talks. You can pick this book up and open it to any page and you have read the whole book. There is no way this should be considered a "classic" except for a "classic hype job". This is not a book about teen angst and does not convey in even the simplest terms anything close to a thought, story, or feeling. It is meaningless, mindless jibbering.

Ok quality

I’m not complaining because almost every book I order on here comes in perfect. I do like to remove the dust covers and when I removed this one I saw some rather odd poke holes on the cover. Although it isn’t a big deal and I still am happy with my purchase.

Good book

I read this book only based on the books legacy. I read it during my early twenties, I found the book kind of stupid, until I took it for the other side. It speaks to me on a different plain. This only came after I read it and donated it to the library. Various parts resonated with myself. About growing up, being a teen, feeling dejected, unwanted, and confused. Even though you have friends a younger sibling being there and making time and taking them for granted. The book is condemned for being shallow, mediocre, and boring, but it taught me a lot about taking life too seriously and a sense of entitlement as a youth and about growing up.


I feel cheated! Not only did I pay over $10 for a book that was missing 3 pages but the story sure wasn't what I expected! Maybe I've lead a very realistic hard life....I sure don't see what all the hoopla is about this book! Disappointed!

I remember this fantastic book from long ago

Many years ago I read this marvelous story and still recommend it to young people I know as one of the best "Coming of Age" stories for those on the brink of maturing---a real masterpiece. Rose D., a former and long-time teacher of English and creative writing.

Excelente libro

La verdad me habian dicho que el libro no valia la pena, que solo era famoso por las controversias que ha surgido en torno a el.. Pero es un libro muy fácil de leer, con expresiones que uno utiliza a diario y muy bueno para analizar. Lo recomiendo al 100%.. esta definitivamente es la manifestación del odio y de la ansiedad.. no solo para adolescentes.. para todos.

Detrás del guardián

En vista de que no publicaron mi resumen en inglés, les doy uno en mi "native language". EL Guardián entre el Centeno, es una obra qe no se puede leer a la ligera, pues el gran contenido espiritual que guarda tras el gracioso, irónico y cínico Holden Caulfield es más extenso de lo que muchos ha notado. Este libro nos narra las vivencias de un adolescente diferente, de un jóven que ve la vida más allá del éxito profesional o las relaciones humanas y se preocupa más por su aspecto psicológico y por vivir su vida a su manera. La figura de Phoebe representa su gusto por lo auténtico, por lo natural e inalterado, asì como el hecho de maravillarse de pequeños detalles tras haber despreciado grandes obras artísticas. Concluyo que EL Guardián entre el Centeno es un libro que va más allá de lo gracioso o cínico (lo cual también es parte fundamental) dejando entre sus páginas un nuevo modelo de adolescente, un triunfador fracasado.

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Published by Ashly Moore Sheldon • September 15, 2022

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The Catcher in the Rye in Coming-of-Age Books to Have on Your List
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Published by ThriftBooks Team • March 27, 2022

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The Catcher in the Rye in 7 Strange Facts About J. D. Salinger
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Published by Ashly Moore Sheldon • January 30, 2022

It was 74 years ago on January 31, when J. D. Salinger’s short story A Perfect Day for Bananafish appeared in The New Yorker. The story introduces Seymour Glass, a recurring character in many of Salinger’s subsequent stories along with his large quirky family. Here we share more about the author and his favorite subjects.

The Catcher in the Rye in The New York Times Book Review Celebrates Their Anniversary with a Vote
The New York Times Book Review Celebrates Their Anniversary with a Vote
Published by Amanda Cleveland • January 04, 2022

The New York Times Book Review turned 125 years old. To celebrate their momentous anniversary and their dedicated readership, they asked their readers to nominate the best books of the past 125 years. They took thousands of nominations down to 25 finalists, then that finalist down to one winner.

The Catcher in the Rye in Half of Americans Think They've Got a Good Idea for a Novel
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Published by Ashly Moore Sheldon • November 02, 2021

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