A modern Holden? I finally read The Perks of Being a Wallflower and I'm wondering exactly what you think is so alluring about this text to young people. I have my ideas, but when I talk to kids...

A modern Holden?

I finally read The Perks of Being a Wallflower and I'm wondering exactly what you think is so alluring about this text to young people. I have my ideas, but when I talk to kids they are all over the place in their reasons for loving this cult classic. Most can't even really express what draws them to it--they just love it. Is Charlie the modern Holden?

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coachingcorner eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Oh no, I disagree! I'm one of those readers who idolizes a novel so much that I shudder if I hear another one compared to it, and make sure to avoid it at all costs. Wasn't there another book, a so-called sequel, that was the subject of a court case about J.D. Salinger recently? I remember deciding to avoid it. However, if someone mentioned The Perks Of Being A Wallflower to me without that reference, I would probably be very interested to investigate it, as I'm also trying to read 'Vernon Godlittle' by D.B.C. Pierre.

ask996 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I'm not sure I understand the refusal to read a book based upon conclusions others have drawn about it. One of the purposes of reading literature is that we each draw our own conclusions and form our own opinions. If we refuse to read books that might upset our previous appreciation of other writings what kind of literary dialogue would we have?

amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Well, now.  You've gotten my attention and given me another book to add to my growing list of books to read.  I love The Catcher in the Rye, and if this book is a modern version, then I have to add it to my collection.  I'll come back to this discussion after I've read it...until then, I'll wait for you to publish your thoughts!

Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Well, the good news for you, amy-lepore, is that it's young adult fiction and you could finish it in an afternoon (or a late night, if you're anything like me!). Don't want to say too much, but if you love Holden you're the one I want to hear from. I'll refrain until I know you've read.

 

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