As one of the few people (even fewer still...librarians) on earth who has never read Catcher in the Rye, I probably missed a lot of similarities to the infamous Holden Caufield, but that didn’t prevent me from enjoying this novel. Written in the form of letters to an anonymous “friend,” I followed Charlie’s journey of self-awareness with a sort of train-wreck fascination. The constant literary title-dropping was quite enjoyable, but Charlie’s penchant for bursting into tears kind of wore on me after awhile. The plot was not quite believable at times and I was really uncomfortable with the drug activity, but overall, I liked Charlie and I liked his transformation from wallflower to an active participant in his own life.
Recommended for gr. 10-12.