Length - 249 Pages
Star Rating - 4.5
And I did.
Like a fan-girl, I felt an overwhelming sense of excitement when Joanna first spoke to 'Jerry'. I felt a gut wrenching pull at the heartstrings when she read the fan letters, especially when they referred to Holden Caulfield. I was this person. I was the teenager reading The Catcher in the Rye and feeling as if Holden got me. Like he understood me as no one else would ever be able to.
However, I'm sure there are many reviews out there that focus on the fact this book is about a girl who works for J.D Salinger's literary agent, so I'll try to keep on track because, frankly, I loved this book and I want you to read it.
My Salinger Year is the coming of age story of Joanna Rakoff. She takes a job at a literary agency - her first real job - and finds herself dealing with the normal trials and tribulations of young adolescence: Money; relationships; friendships; future hopes and dreams.
Her battle with an office so desperately trying to avoid progressing into the technological future hit a cord with me because I can relate, and Joanna's realisation that maybe she has a lot more to learn than first thought is also a lesson I have recently learned. For these reasons, I probably enjoyed it more.
So many times we here the name 'Jerry' and when it finally dawns on Joanna who 'Jerry' is, that's when the story really begins. The quirks of J.D Salinger are explained through various phone conversations she has with him, including his almost complete deafness.
Top it off with descriptions of the 'obscure bookcase' housing various copies and versions of Salinger's work and you can fall asleep dreaming of holding one of those books in your hand. I loved that Joanna had never read anything by J.D Salinger, and I loved that she read them all in one weekend just as much.
From the confirmation of Catcher in the Rye being turned down before publishing and the vivid description of Salinger himself arriving in the office, this book is filled with long, flowing sentences of apt description. Something we don't always see anymore.
It is an easy weekend read, enjoyable and highly recommended.
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