Do you guys know how long this book has taken me? I started this right before my SAT exam at the beginning of May. Then I realise it wouldn’t help make my style for elegant but rather more casual so I decided to ditch it for a reread of the Great Gatsby. Then school finals happened and I didn’t pick up the book again till the beginning of June. And I just finished it a couple of nights ago and I’m ready to talk about it with y’all right now.
At first, I didn’t think I was going to like the book. Why would I want to read about a guy who whines and complains about everything. But the more I read of it the more I felt like Holden. I began to focus on things the way he does and I found out that I too would be just as bothered. And soon, I began to realise that this stems from my lack of preparation for a massive change in my life. I just wanted to criticise society and the city I just moved to last night and the way people view choice of majors and colleges, hoping that if I point out enough faults in it, I can escape having to deal with it. And I just loved that moment when all of this dawned on me, just because of a book. Just because of Holden.
I honestly don’t know what to say about this book. I mean, all that really happens in the book is that Holden goes around and talks to people and takes walks and ride in cabs. There’s no major plots or anything; just Holden and his wandering thoughts and cutting-edge bitterness. Yet, it’s so much more. Because when you read it carefully and put yourself in Holden’s shoes, all you’ll want to do is cry. Or that’s how it made me feel anyway. Yet I don’t know how to say what I want to say because it would just ruin the story for you if you intend to read it.
Oh yes. Here’s something! I loved the relationship between Holden and his little sister. Not only did it make the story a lot more fun and showed us a brighter and warmer Holden, but it also showed how deeply he wanted to go back to being a child. And I loved how it was her who, in the end, sort of helped him feel a little bit better.
I think all I want to say is that not everyone would like this book. If you’re into the whole stylistic prose thing –which I am, you’d hate it a bit because Holden’s manner of speech can get a bit too repetitive. But if you really focus, you’d see that there’s reason behind the word choice and the style and that this really just lets you into Holden’s world in a way nothing else would. I say you should give it a shot anyway. I liked it. It’s the book that broke the bad streak of reads I’ve been suffering from and it probably is the one to bring me out this reading slump.
Hope y’all are having a wonderful summer and good reads.