It’s hard to believe that we’re already in the middle of 2020. Where did time go? And by the way…how are you doing? So much has happened since March. The days seemed to have blurred together, especially in April, and now we’re into the first week of May. This can only mean that it’s time for May’s classic literature choice.
For this month, I chose J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye. You can see from the photo that my copy of the book is well loved… and well read.
May is mental health month too, and I felt inspired to draw attention to this. I realize this book contains some sexual innuendos and vulgar language, *edit…there are no F-words but the character does swear using words like hell, crap, damn, which can be sensitive to a few readers. The core theme of the book is why I chose it. Mental health is important, ever more so during this pandemic.
In Catcher in the Rye, the main character is Holden Caulfield, who suffers from PTSD. He takes the reader on a journey, allowing us snippets of his life, his backstory, until we eventually discover why he is suffering.
Every time I read this classic, I always find myself pondering about how difficult it is to be a youth growing up, especially today with the growing pressures they face from social media. Imagine if adults are feeling pressure from social media, group think mentality, social acceptance etc, then you can imagine how greater the pressure it is for young adults.