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I agree with your analysis of Catcher in the Rye. It didn't fit the structure of a novel, and it didn't have much of a plot, but I was still pulled in by it. It's a story that I'm sure people can relate to, and Holden is one of the most interesting characters I've ever met. For these reasons, I also believe it "works," despite its shortcomings in traditional literary structure.

I also really enjoyed Catcher in the Rye. I have never read a book that involved the narrator being so brutally honest with the readers and completely true to himself. When I first started reading the book I was shocked by the way Holden swore every other five words and how he shared all of his insecurities with us. This book does not sound like a novel to me either, instead it feels like a diary. I think the reason the book was so successful is because it was written this way.

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