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    Entries in J.D. Salinger (1)

    Sunday
    May162010

    A Non-Review of The Catcher in the Rye. Read it if you feel like it.

    If you've never read J.D. Salinger's classic, The Catcher in the Rye, then this post will make absolutely no sense to you and you probably should stop reading right now. Really you should. But then if you're reading this, you're probably a librarian and so you've probably read the book. I mean, librarians have read EVERYTHING practically, right? I read 10,000 books this year if you want to know the truth. I really did. I would have read 10,001 but I didn't feel like. Kids are always asking if I've read every book in the library. Like I could read every go**amn book. I hate that. Really I do. They're always saying, "Hey, Ms. Trumble, have you like read every book in this library?" It kills me. Not that I couldn't read every book in the library. I could. I really could. If I felt like it, which I don't. I hate it when librarians say they've read every book in their library. You sort of feel sorry for them when they say that because you know they know they're phonies. I could read every book in my library if I wanted to--I'm not kidding.  But there are some crumby books in my library. There really are.

    Anyway, this 8th grader in my school was reading The Catcher in the Rye and I realized I'd never read the book. It was very depressing. I mean, an 8th grader was reading The Catcher in the Rye and I didn't even know what the book was about. And I'm a librarian. It sounds terrible, when you think about it. If you're a high school librarian you probably have the book in your library. If you're a junior high librarian like me, probably not, but you might if you really like book challenges. I mean The Catcher in the Rye is #6 on the ALA's 2009 Hit List. Then again, the Twilight Saga is #5, And Tango Makes Three is #2, and Lauren Myracle's Internet series is #1. That kills me. It really does. I mean, if school libraries are no place for this kind of stuff, then we'd have to ban probably 95% of our kids. We really would. I mean, at least the books just sit quietly on the shelves until someone checks them out and reads them. I mean, there's nothing quite so inappropriate in a junior high as a new teenager.

    Anyway, I go to Border's and get a copy from the required reading shelf. Teachers are always making kids read phony books like The Catcher in the Rye. I mean, what kind of title is that anyway? So I start reading this book, just for the hell of it, and it's really stupid. This guy Holden Caulfield is in this phony prep school, and he's failing everything, and he has all these phony friends and phony teachers, and he hates everything. And he's always repeating himself. And I'm thinking what a phony this guy J.D. Salinger was. I mean, the whole book takes place over just like three days. He writes a book about a kid who just keeps repeating himself and it only covers three days and it ends up a classic and he makes a bucket full of money? You could tell that Salinger wrote this book in like five days. I mean, he didn't put any effort into it at all. That really kills me.

    So I'm reading this lousy book about this really annoying, negative kid and next thing you know, I can't put the phony book down. Boy, old Salinger was probably loving that. Laughing in his grave and all. I mean it. Boy, it was depressing me. The minute I realized I was hooked, I was sort of sorry I'd started reading the book. I mean, it's really a compelling book, if you want to know the truth. Voicy as hell, but a really good book anyway. I mean it too. I'm not lying to you. But the trouble was, I couldn't stop reading it, and I do have a life and a job and stuff to do. I swear to God. So I'm reading this book and I have no idea what it all means. I'm a reader and librarian after all, not some phony professor of literature, for God's sake. It really is damn good though. I have to admit it.[tweetmeme source="JanetTrumble" only_single=false]Anyway, that's my Non-Review of The Catcher in the Rye. Being a librarian, I could probably write a proper review and all, but I don't feel like it. I really don't. That stuff doesn't interest me too much right now.