Be a filter, not a sponge
I have a feeling I would of liked this book tons more, if I had read it when I was in High School. I'm really glad I read The Catcher in the Rye when I was going through these tough high school times and I'm glad I have never re-read it because my "adult" self probably would dislike Holden, just as much as I found Charlie to be a very naïve, whiny cry-baby.
I understand that high school is brutal and it's hard to figure out what's going on and this was very well done within the letter format of this book. I get that Charlie is on an "epic" adventure of self discovery and I really liked his unique, descriptive ways. I liked that Bill, his English teacher, took him under his wing and gave him a bunch of great books to read and learn from. I liked all the movie and music references as well, especially The Smith's song Asleep
. However, there were other times, like with his "relationship" with Sam that just annoyed the hell out of me.
And don't even get me started about the end. I was glad when it was over and that it was a short book, but it didn't really reach the conclusion I was looking for, even though Charlie did grow up and come out of his shell more that year, I was surprised where he ended up in the Epilogue. I mean I knew something was wrong with the boy, but really?