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AP Lit student Matt LaRocco reading The Catcher in the Rye

AP Lit student Matt LaRocco reading The Catcher in the Rye

Lauren Tittes

Lauren Tittes

AP Lit student Matt LaRocco reading The Catcher in the Rye

Lauren Tittes, Reporter

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I recently read J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye for my AP Literature class, and I really enjoyed the book. But the book’s controversial topics have left some readers with differing opinions, despite the book’s overall message.

 

The book’s plot follows a teenage boy and his struggles with mental health, sexuality, and growing up into an adult. He learns valuable lessons about self identity and growing out of the childhood innocence he tries to hold on to for so long, which is the main theme of this novel. Its overall message, at least to me, is that everyone makes mistakes, but it’s important to learn and grow from them because that makes you who you truly are/who you will become.

 

I think it’s good for students to read this book because they are able to see a young person, like themselves, struggle with things that they themselves may struggle with as well. With a character like Holden Caulfield, they can analyze him and pinpoint specific areas of his experience they either agree with or disagree with, which could in turn allow them to assess things about themselves too.

 

Although I am for this book being read in high school, I do see and understand the other side of the argument. Catcher in the Rye deals with very adult topics, which is where the “controversy” comes into play. Some critics point out the crude language, sexual content, and overall pessimism could be harmful for young minds to take in, but I do not believe that is not the majority opinion.

Catcher in the Rye continues to be sold and read by millions, despite negative feedback it has received over the years. Personally, I think if people read this book, they should go into it with an open mind, simply seeing the story for what it is and what it represents.

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Hello, my name is Lauren Tittes. I am currently a senior at Orcutt Academy. My interests include hanging out with my friends, family, and my dog Sam. I...

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