Old Holden Caulfield

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One or two years ago I discovered the world of online shopping and kind of went crazy buying English books in Amazon. As English is not my first language, I was always a little scared about reading full books in English. Yeah, I could understand most of them, but when I started studying English Literature at University, I HAD to forget that stupid fear and read novels. “Why not?”, I said to myself. Reading and English are two of my favorite things in the world.

So, after spending a ridiculous amount on books, I started to devour them. I remember being particularly excited by “Looking for Alaska” by John Green and “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky -probably because they hadn’t been translated into Spanish yet. So I read those two back to back and fell in love. But then, I thought of reading a classic: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. I had no idea what it was about, as we hadn’t dealt with it in class yet (in America, kids in high school read it, but here in Spain things are different). Anyway, I started reading the book and, oh, surprise! more boarding schools and troubled teenagers! My mind kind of said “stop here, little fella”. I was saturated. So I stopped.

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But life has a way to turn things around. This year I had to read The Catcher in the Rye for one of my favorite subjects, American Literature. And, well, I just finished reading it.

Guess what? I was kind of crying at the end and all… It’s amazing how one book can be attractive to you at a certain stage of your life when, in the past, you had grown bored of it.

Being 16 isn’t easy, I guess. I’m glad I got over that phase. In the book, Holden keeps it real -yes, even the hooker seems real to me.

I’m sure everyone and their moms have read the book but, if you haven’t, I totally recommend it to you. You can only be 16 twice! -if you read the book, anyway.

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