They kicked me out. I wasn’t supposed to come back after Christmas vacation, on account of I was flunking four subjects and not applying myself and all.
For this Monday, I am reading The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger (234 pages).
This being a widely-read classic and all, I have not yet read it. I figured now was as good a time as any so I thought, “Why not?” and ordered a copy off Amazon. All I knew when I started reading was that this was a coming of age story and I wanted the rest to be a surprise, so I am going to try and keep it that way. I just started reading it not too long ago so I’m not that far in, only a couple chapters. I know that this book is a classic and all, but I’m surprised how under-recommended this was to me. No one mentioned it to me, but maybe it’s just implied that you should read it. It’s hard to not have high expectations when starting something like this, but I’m gonna try my best to keep those at low to none, and I mean that in a good way. We’ll see if this will live up to its name for me.
So far, this book seems to hit pretty close to my ball park, so it’s keeping my interest. He’s flunked out of four of his classes and was given the same spiel that anyone who’s ever had the fortune to be in these types of situations has had. “Apply yourself.” I’ve heard it, I’ve heard my brothers hearing it, and quite frankly, I thought I was sick of hearing it. I get that they mean, but maybe there is more to it than that. Hopefully, after reading this novel, I’ll get a better understanding of what people mean when they say that, if at all, and hopefully change my own lifestyle. I’m really hoping that that’s not hoping for a lot.
I’ve been trying to squeeze in reading sessions for this book whenever I can scrounge up some free time. I usually try to open up the pages during my breaks in between classes or maybe if I’m watching something in the background.
Word Count: 348