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Feb 23, 2018
9:17 AM

Dear J. D. Salinger,



I enjoyed reading Catcher in the rye, but there were many parts where Holden’s decision stumped me and got me frustrated. It may be because I can only partially relate to Holden. I could not fully understand his perspective and thoughts. Even though I didn’t understand and relate to every part of the novel, it was very comical and eye-opening. Being able to see life through someone else’s life helps get a better understanding of the world and differences among people.

annikasoccer1@gmail.com
Grace


Feb 23, 2018
9:25 AM

Dear J. D. Salinger,



Your book was eventful and realistic. I think that Holden should have admitted to the fact that he is growing up and how he is phony. My favorite part is when Holden talks to Phoebe about what he wants to be in life. I think that this was the most honest point in his life.



Sincerely, Reid Miller Sturgis :)

reidsturgis@marist.com
Ernesto from Spanish


Feb 23, 2018
9:30 AM

Dear J. D. Salinger



Wow! I mean Wow! HE double hockey stick of a novel Mr. David! I would really like to sit down and neon blue with you sometime in the near future! Guillermo and I would really like to team up and write a sequel!



Thanks!

Ern@stein.com
Ernstein


Feb 23, 2018
9:32 AM

Good morning Jerome,

How are you doing on this fine morning, Sir?I read your book, The Catcher in the Rye, and enjoyed the novel. I enjoyed how you used a variety of symbols and themes that held sentimental meaning to each character. For example, the red hunting hat to Allie and Holden. However, there were times throughout the novel that I wanted to get mad at Holden and try to attempt to “shape him up”. I had a few questions though. What led you to write this novel. What was your inspiration?

Your hugest fan,

Ignatius



jjerome@salinger.com
Ignatius Miller


Feb 23, 2018
9:21 AM

Hey there Jerome,

I read your book as an assignment for English class, and I found it quite intriguing. I thought it was pretty cool how Holden was just a normal guy, and not perfect like the characters in other books. I also liked how you used lots of normal stuff as symbols to reveal a deeper meaning. Although the book was full of metaphors, I thought it was kind of slow, and I expected more from the ending. To me your book is like normal life, and not exaggerated like other books which was cool but also boring.

deanpearce165@gmail.com
Brayden Miller


Feb 23, 2018
9:23 AM

Dear Mr. Jerome,

First off, I would like to say thanks you for making this wonderful masterpiece. I love its deep, rich vocabulary and the passionate characters in the novel. My favorite part about reading this story is looking for all the hidden meanings throughout the novel. It was like looking for buried treasure on a pirate controlled beach, SO MUCH FUN! Lastly, if you ever have time to sit down for a bite to eat or even just a quick coffee run, because I know you have a busy schedule, I would like to run by some ideas I have on a sequel to your book.

Sincerely,

Your biggest fan,

Guillermo Neel

mitchneel@bellsouth.net
Guille


Feb 23, 2018
9:37 AM

Good Morning Jermome,



I enjoyed reading Catcher in the Rye. I see some of Holden in me. I thought it was interesting to see all of the problems Holden faces because most of them were very relatable. I am still wondering if Holden ever called Jane. It kind of annoyed me that he kept saying he would call her, but never did. I thought it was cool how Holden broke the fourth wall and talked to the reader. It was a great book.



cwalsh2003@gmail.com
DeGlester Hardunkichuck Nerkin


Feb 23, 2018
10:11 AM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

I really enjoyed your book. Watching Holden grow as a character makes you think about your own life. Seeing the symbols you incorporated into the story connect with the themes are so interesting and complex. I enjoyed how you mentioned each character, but I wish the readers had gotten to learn more about Allie.



AvaWestfall21@marist.com
Ava Westfall


Feb 23, 2018
10:12 AM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

I really enjoyed your book. Watching Holden grow as a character makes you think about your own life. Seeing the symbols you incorporated into the story connect with the themes are so interesting and complex. I enjoyed how you mentioned each character, but I wish the readers had gotten to learn more about Allie.



AvaWestfall21@marist.com
Ava Westfall


Feb 23, 2018
10:12 AM

Dear J. D. Salinger,



The Catcher in the Rye was a very complex and confusing book. I enjoyed the character of Holden because I can relate it to many of the people in my life. I can also see Phoebe in my little sister in the way that she is nice and caring, but she can also be very annoying.

WillBlair21@marist.com
Lavar


Feb 23, 2018
10:16 AM

Dear J. D. Salinger,



This book made me beat Beowulf.



Sincerely,





Grendel

grendel@gmail.com
Grendel


Feb 23, 2018
10:17 AM

Dear J. D. Salinger,



The book the Catcher in the Rye really opened up a new perspective for me. I felt many of the same feelings as Holden Caulfield, but I never even realized until I read the book. I loved how Holden noticed many phony things about people because now I realize the same. After reading the book, I know understand why Holden dislikes phonies. I also thought Phoebe was a great character and I wish she was in the book more throughout the entire story.

sophiaarena21@marist.com
sophia


Feb 23, 2018
10:17 AM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

Your book had some ups and some downs. Holden is not the brightest person in the world. However, the book had deep thought and emotions. The themes of alienation and phoniness relate well to the book. Also, i like the symbols of the hunting hat and baseball glove with poems on them. It was a pretty good book.



tysever21@marist.com
Tyrone


Feb 23, 2018
10:18 AM

Dear J. D. Salinger,



The Catcher in the Rye was a very complex and confusing book. I enjoyed it though because I can relate Holden to many people in my life. I can also see Phoebe in my little sister because she is nice and caring, but she can also be very annoying.

WillBlair21@marist.com
Lavar


Feb 23, 2018
10:21 AM

Dear J. D. Salinger,



I just finished reading Catcher in the Rye. I enjoyed the book and had two questions after reading it. Did Holden have a self-realization of what happened to him? Also, did Holden ever go back to school and did live with his parents now?

aidanwendler21@marist.com
Aidan Wendler


Feb 23, 2018
10:22 AM

Dear J. D. Salinger,



I recently read your book, The Catcher in the Rye. It was quite an interesting book, to say the least. Your character, Holden, was very relatable and I enjoyed getting to know him. Being a teenager is hard, and it was so satisfying to read a book that I felt actually represented by age group well. It totally caught on with the typical teenage thoughts and wandering ideas. Your book is sooo old and was written a long time ago, but Holden still related to me. Like memes did not even exist back then, and Instagram is my lifeline and how I relate to other kids my age. But Holden totally represented all of the awkwardness and stuff that teenagers go through. Memes may be my lifeline, and Holden might smoke as a lifeline, but we totally relate because both represent the teenage lifestyle even though they are different things. Overall, you killed it with this book (no pun intended, rip J.D.)

jesusandgod@gmail.com
Carson Tollner


Feb 23, 2018
10:26 AM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

I recently read your book for my English class and I though it was a pretty good book. There were many parts of the book that really intrigued me because of how Holden thought about things.It gives a great insight about the real world. It is really confusing as to why Holden gets so sidetracked. It was very cool that the many things Holden did could be used as a metaphor for what would happen to him.

aidanlocarnini21@marist.com
Aidan Locarnini


Feb 23, 2018
10:29 AM

Hello j.d.,



i love you

your book made me realize the world differently

i hope you enjoyed life



best,

janny

janny@aol.com
Janny


Feb 23, 2018
11:12 AM

Dear J. D. Salinger,





I did not like your book The Catcher in the Rye. One reason I didn’t like it is that I really liked Allie and I liked the idea of having Allie who is a great person as a comparison to Holden but instead of putting him in the book you made him die. Also, I think this was a bit too serious for a teenager. Holden did so many things wrong that he easily could have fixed and that killed me. The entire book was simple things to fix that he easily could have done and would have done in real life. On top of all of these things, the book wasn’t very entertaining. It was just a book about some teenager going around the city after he got expelled, I don’t really understand why it is famous. To add on to that, it was very unrealistic that once Holden was done with all of that he could remember every little detail that well. It would have been better if it was just told in present tense. The few things I liked were the symbols. I thought it was deep to connect the ducks in the pond to Holden and the hunting hat to him alienating himself. I also thought it was cool how you used the baseball mitt to show that Holden is the way he is for a reason. He is a normal kid who just had his brother die and that made him depressed and alienate himself. Without that, this book wouldn’t have made much sense.

student@marist.com
jg


Feb 23, 2018
11:12 AM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

I liked your book, The Catcher in the Rye. Most of all, I liked Holden. My only problem was that he was a bit mean. He wasn’t always the nicest person. Otherwise, I relate to him and it was fun to read about someone that feels like me. I liked that you used the hunting cap as a symbol for comfort. I learned I had my own hunting cap, my headphones. They make me feel safe. I liked the style of writing, because it felt like thoughts going through my own head, so it made it easier to read and understand. I also thought it was cool that you made all of the people he met realistic. Not everyone is nice and you showed that. It was a nice escape from my own reality.

Thanks

Will Velleca

willvelleca@gmail.com
Will Velleca


Feb 23, 2018
11:13 AM

Dear J. D. Salinger,



I enjoyed reading The Catcher in the Rye because I think that you captured some of the feelings of a teenager very well. I have not experienced the same things that Holden has, but I think that the characteristics of a depressed sixteen-year old who has lost a brother were captured very well in this writing style. I liked that the book was written from Holden’s perspective because it made the story seem more real. The theme of alienation as a form of self-protection shows the true nature of a growing teen. If I had to say one thing that I disliked about the book, it would be the ending. Throughout the story, Holden talks about his family and he talks about when he is going to go home, but the reader never meets his mother or father. As a reader, I felt a lot of anticipation as Holden travels through New York because I wanted to read about him going home to his parents. I wanted to know how his parents reacted to Holden’s expulsion from Pencey Preparatory School but instead the book ended very suddenly. Aside from the ending, the book was entertaining and different.

student@marist.com
hh


Feb 23, 2018
11:13 AM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

Here’s what I think about The Catcher in the Rye, I loved most aspects of the book. I really loved the harsh reality you portrayed that is so accurate to the real world. Most people today do not realize the struggles teens go through in life, and I appreciated the way you depicted it. I also liked the fact that you broke boundaries in using curse words. Most writers would never use vulgar language, and it stood out to me that you broke these standards. The writing style was excellent, but I almost forgot Holden was recalling events that had already happened. You managed to completely wrap me into Holden’s world.

Some things I did not like was Holden’s character. Why did you make him so depressed, but did not let him reveal his feelings? I wanted to go to Holden and tell him he needs to be happy for once. Some of his ideas about life bugged me so much. I also did not like the fact we did not learn more about Allie. Allie was an important character in the novel, but we rarely heard about him. Also, D.B. was irrelevant in most parts of the novel, why did we not get more of a back story on him? I loved how you made Phoebe seem more mature and wise than Holden regardless of the fact she is younger. I almost wish there was a sequel in the novel in which we find out what happens to Holden after the “hospital”.

Yet again, I loved your use of symbols to reveal deeper meanings in the book. I especially liked the one of the Museum. You perfectly depicted a world in which Holden wants everything to stay the same. Anyways, The Catcher in the Rye was an exemplary novel and I would love to read more books like it. I would love for you to make a sequel, I did not like the subtle cliff hanger.

Sincerely,

Gracen Bohling

gracenbohling21@marist.com
Gracen Bohling


Feb 23, 2018
11:13 AM

Dear J. D. Salinger,



The Catcher in the Rye was such a bad book. It was basically Holden complaining about how his life sucks and how the past was better.At the beginning, it was refreshing because I could relate in some ways. After Chapter 10, It got annoying and I lost interest. It was also really annoying when he kept saying everyone was “phony” or calling himself a “madman.” He also just had a very pessimistic outlook on life and it got super annoying. Also, he kept saying that he was lonely and depressed but people were constantly reaching out to him and trying to be his friend. I got super angry every time he pushed someone away. And why was he obsessing over the ducks in the pond? I still don’t get that part. I despised the way that he never finishes his sentences. In Conclusion, the book was actually terrible.

Sincerely,

C.M.

student@marist.com
C.M.


Feb 23, 2018
11:14 AM

Dear J. D. Salinger,

I think that Holden was too much of a nub scrub sometimes. I mean at first I was all into it, liking Holden since some of the decisions made reflected mine and the people around me, but then it just got to the point where Holden was just acting stupid on a regular basis. After a while, I kind of got tired of his digressions and his always contradictory actions and thoughts. Holden is a paradox, and reading a paradox for 250+ pages gets annoying after a while. Other than that, I think that the book was pretty good and reflected real life issues and struggles that kids and other people face today. For example, the whole part about the phoniness and everything is pretty good because these days especially, many people act fake and are phonies, meaning that you don’t know who you can trust. Also, I liked the theme about the loss of innocence because sometimes, I wish I simply had my innocence back and could simply be like a little kid again. Again, with Holden, one thing I didn’t like about him was the fact that he was a phony himself, yet he always called everyone else a phony. I think you have to be true to yourself and have to admit when you’re in the wrong, something Holden refused to do and failed to do time and time again throughout the book. The book is definitely better than some other books I’ve had to read in the past *cough cough* Fahren *cough* heit 451. The characters actually reflected real life people and how people in the real world would act. I feel like sometimes authors lose touch with reality because of the world they have created in their books. It’s just like the play Holden was talking about where everything worked out in the end and how everyone married each other and how the guy who was madly in love with the poor woman finally ended up marrying her. Yes, sometimes the world does work like that; everything is perfect, everybody’s happy, everyone is smiling and laughing at the end of their journey. But usually, it’s a dark world where people are disappointed, people fall in and out of love and hearts are broken, people die or leave someone’s life, and even though there may be some silver lining in the end, you usually wish that you could simply take it all back, go back in time, and with the knowledge you now know, start to make your decisions. That’s why they say hindsight is 20/20.

-Sincerely,

Quanlatryquaviuslamatyrekiushugo

Quanlatryquaviuslamatyrekiushugo@HOTMAIL.com
Quanlatryquaviuslamatyrekiushugo


Feb 23, 2018
11:15 AM

Dear J. D. Salinger,



I think that The Catcher in the Rye was a very well written novel. Although, sometimes I had trouble following Holden’s digressions, however I think most people did at some point, and it really added to Holden’s character. I could connect with Holden at a lot of points in the novel, and found his personality to be similar to either myself or others that I know. However, I think that Holden was a little too mean at some points. For example, when he randomly tries to punch Stradlater. I wish that he hadn’t done that so that it was maybe a little bit easier to sympathize with him. I really liked the concept of the red hunting hat as his way of protecting himself. I think that a lot of people have similar ways of doing that, less figuratively however. Overall I really enjoyed the book.

catepeoples21@marist.com
c