Catcher in the Rye

Published in 1959, this novel, which is considered by many to be a classic and important piece of American literature, has got to be one of the most hated novels from that list of books you're forced to read in highschool. It's like "Lord of the Flies"-- you read it because you have to, because the school says you have to, and there's going to be a test on it. It's famous, everybody knows it, and some board of dried-up arcane magi that lord over the fate of the literary world have decreed year after year that you must read it, or else your education just wouldn't be complete. Luckily (unluckily?) I bounced around enough in high school and the end of gradeschool that I managed to dodge all the infamous literary bullets. . .

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