Discovering the Relevance of Words
I almost let the day go by without wishing Holden’s story a happy 62nd birthday. I don’t know where I’d be without this book – frankly, I don’t want to know where I’d be had Ms. Wood not handed me a copy of this book my freshman year of high school. There has never been a story more powerful, more life changing, more eye-opening than Catcher in the Rye, and Holden Caulfield’s tale forced me to grow up, as well as allowed me to see that words were important – how people say them, the context in which they exist, and the immediacy in which they can change someone. That you J.D. Salinger for you writing. Thank you for allowing Holden to exist, and for giving Phoebe the ability to show him that he was goddamn worth something to someone.