The perspective of a mentally ill juvenile provides a fresh take on a coming-of-age book. Moreover, Salinger’s writing style is unique and perfectly embodies the mind of Holden Caulfield. Another strength is that the author accurately represents what a mental person acts and thinks, which books nowadays often romanticize. Although The Catcher in the Rye has many strong points, there are also weaknesses that go along with it. Without looking too deeply in the novel, it would seem like a plain, short story. Next, its ending is abrupt, leaving the readers to wonder Holden’s fate. Finally, Holden’s unreliable point of view leaves questions as to what actually happens in his series of events.
On a five-star scale, they novel rates at three stars. Although the author brings an unusual perspective to the world of books, his style can throw some readers off. People looking for action will not find it in The Catcher in the Rye, nor for anyone fond of mystery. However, the narrative provides a character who society can relate to, making it a classic in the literary