I agree with most everything Yardley says about this book. We were on the exact same page. I too thought that I would connect with this book and find it interesting. What teen doesn’t want to hear about a boy skipping and getting drunk in the city for three days? It seemed exciting and crazy! However I was greatly disappointed. Holden’s voice through out the whole book ruined it for me. I too found him to be a hypocrite himself. For example hating ‘Phonies’ when he him self is one, as well as hating those who repeat themselves as he does the entire book!
One of the things I disagreed with was how he said that it “touches adolescents’ emotional buttons without putting their minds to work. It’s easy for them.” This is what I thought the book would be. However this was not the case. The book was totally uninteresting to me and it took a lot of work for me to make myself read it. Yardley talks about how upon reading the book for the second time he saw how sentimental it was. I found this interesting because thorough out the book anytime I complained about Holden someone would tell me how I was supposed to feel bad for him. In this article he talks of Holden’s dead brother and cute sister as just a method of ‘exploitation of the reader’s emotion’. However for me in this book no matter how cute Phoebe was or sad Allie being dead I couldn’t bring myself to care.
I definitely respect that he took on he said most everything I though of the book in a great way and also managed to get the other view point out there. Before I was at a lose as to why anyone would have to read this, much less most kids in English classes like me.
1. The purpose of this article was for Yardley to express his thoughts on Catcher in the Rye, and explain although he didn’t enjoy it that’s why others did.
2. The thesis is “The Catcher in the Rye is a maladroit, mawkish novel, but there can be no question about its popularity or influence.” This was in the first sentence of...