‘Hold on, Holden!’

Okay, sorry, sorry everyone, I do apologise. I know my usual sequence of blog posts is crime then thriller and then something unusual and different (I am well aware my last two posts were YA) however I saw the ‘books you’ve always wanted to read but haven’t yet’ section in waterstones and could not resist to read this! As you may have read this CLASSIC, you can see why I am super excited to talk about it. Why you ask? Because people sometimes hear the word ‘classic’ and think ‘boring old language with a bizarre plot line to go with it’ and you know what? You’re not wrong. However, let me explain this one differently… so I’m assuming those who haven’t read it may have well heard the title anyways and thought ‘what’s that about?’ Well, scholars may tell you it’s a ‘coming of age book with a rough outlook on the modern world and how we adapt to situations and break through the norm and our perspective on life’ (someone genuinely described this book to me like that…) and they may well be right- I, on the other hand, believe it to be this: a boy gets kicked out of school –again– and is too scared to go home and tell his parents so he gets drunk for 3 days and wonders round New York meeting forgettable characters along the way. Yup- that’s actually the story-and its FAB! No seriously, bear with me!

The main character Holden is one of the most depressing characters I’ve ever come across- his time in New York was the best and worst of times but although a very unusual and peculiar story, he actually tells it quite well. You fell sorry for him although he comes across as a whiny teenager (who I should mention is definitely an alcoholic) and always feel as if he’s searching for more in life. Maybe it’s about perspective after all.

I love classic books, don’t get me wrong. However, I have read some classics that were certainly up my street and others, well not so much. ‘Catcher in the Rye’ put my faith back in classic books that have a certain sentiment about them. I was afraid  I would get my hopes up and be let down but fear not…If you’ve ever been let down by a book, this one will not disappoint you!   My only quarrel is that the 3 sentence sum-up of ‘what happened next’after he stops telling it sounds far more exciting than the events in the book- why didn’t he write about them instead?

well…

I guess that’s the idea…

Let me know what you think! Happy reading! Lx

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