I wouldn’t exactly describe her as strictly beautiful. She knocked me out, though…I mean when she was talking and she got excited about something, her mouth sort of went in about fifty directions, her lips and all. That killed me. And she never really closed it all the way, her mouth. It was always just a little bit open, especially when she got in her golf stance, or when she was reading a book. She was always reading, and she read very good books. She read a lot of poetry and all. She was the only one…
—  J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
I was about half in love with her by the time we sat down. That’s the thing about girls. Every time they do something pretty… you fall half in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are. Girls. Jesus Christ. They can drive you crazy. They really can.
In Defense of Holden Caulfield

I honestly don’t know if I’ll ever understand why exactly people hate Holden Caulfield from “The Catcher in the Rye”.

I mean, sure, you could defend your dislike with a classic gem such as, “Oh, he’s just a whiny, pretentious f***boy! He’s so boring, all he does is complain!”

But at that I’m just like

okay, wow, I’m sorry the incredibly depressed mentally ill teenager who has no true friends and is constantly being ignored by the people he tries to reach out to and is constantly being told he’s useless and a bad influence by his peers and has alluded to being sexually molested by multiple people as a little kid and has to deal with the pain and hardship of growing up in a world he can’t help but see as superficial and hypocritical and WHOSE CLASSMATE FRICKIN’ COMMITTED SUICIDE IN FRONT OF HIM isn’t a conventionally cheerful or likeable protagonist????

I don’t understand why that’s so hard for people to grasp; it just straight up BAFFLES me. I mean, people eke out all sorts of ways to like downright villains like Alex (DeLarge) or Loki or Ramsay Snow/Bolton, or antiheros like Jaime/Cersei Lannister, Sherlock Holmes, etc.

Why is it so hard to dole out a little sympathy for Holden, who, ultimately, just wants to protect children from the evils of the world—arguably one of the noblest and most heartbreakingly tender aspirations of all?

The Signs as Quotes from “The Catcher in the Rye”

Aries“I don’t even know what I was running for-I guess I just felt like it.” 

Taurus“It always smelled like it was raining outside, even if it wasn’t, and you were in the only nice, dry, cosy place in the world.” 

Gemini: “It’s funny. All you have to do is say something nobody understands and they’ll do practically anything you want them to.” 

Cancer: “Certain things, they should stay the way they are. You ought to be able to stick them in one of those big glass cases and just leave them alone.” 

Leo: “I wouldn’t describe her as strictly beautiful. She knocked me out, though.”

Virgo“I can be quite sarcastic when I’m in the mood.” 

Libra: “I’m always saying ‘Glad to’ve met you to somebody I’m not at all glad I met. If you want to stay alive, you have to say that stuff, though.” 

Scorpio“People are always ruining things for you.” 

Sagittarius“I like it when somebody gets excited about something. It’s nice.” 

Capricorn“People always clap for the wrong reasons.” 

Aquarius: “All morons hate it when you call them a moron.” 

Pisces: “I don’t exactly know what I mean by that, but I mean it.” 

The Catcher In The Rye quotes horoscope
  • Aries : "I don’t care if it’s a sad good-bye or a bad good-bye, but when I leave a place I like to know I’m leaving it."
  • Libra : "Make sure you marry someone who laughs at the same things you do."
  • Taurus : "I like it when somebody gets excited about something. It’s nice."
  • Scorpio : "People always clap for the wrong reasons."
  • Gemini : "I have scars on my hands from touching certain people."
  • Sagittarius : "Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody."
  • Cancer : "I don’t know exactly what I mean by that, but I mean it."
  • Capricorn : "I mean if I ever sat behind myself in a movie or something, I’d probably lean over and tell myself to please shut up."
  • Leo : "I felt so lonesome, all of a sudden. I almost wished I was dead."
  • Aquarius : "But people never notice it. People never notice anything."
  • Virgo : "I knew it wasn’t too important, but it made me sad anyway."
  • Pisces : "I know. I’m very hard to talk to. I realize that."

SOME SHIT WENT DOWN WHEN I MET FRANK IERO IN DECEMBER.

so my favorite book is the catcher in the rye right? That’s the book that Frank got the name Pencey Prep from. Let me preface this for anyone who doesn’t already know; The Catcher In The Rye is an extremely emotionally charged story about a teenage delinquent in the 1950s who’s struggling with symptoms of depression, and nobody takes him seriously.

So when I saw Frank live, I took my copy of the catcher in the rye for him to sign. I FUCKING GOT UP THERE AND I HANDED HIM MY BOOK AND I WAS LIKE “uh,,,, you can just sign anywhere” and he was like “yeah…ill sign it right here” and he turned to the back page and signed there, and then proceeded to underline the last line in the book.

the last line reads “don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.”

ARE WE JUST NOT GONNA TALK ABOUT THIS? This line obviously means SOMETHING to Frank and I am ETERNALLY SCREAMING