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Age: 
15
Rating: 
5

"Franny and Zooey" by J.D. Salinger is a powerful and comforting read. It follows the journey of the lives of retired radio show stars in the Glass Family, focusing especially on the two youngest siblings, Zooey and Franny. The Glass Family children have backgrounds in the field of acting, and the art is a central part of each of their lives. Franny was a stellar actress until she was bogged down by the difficulties of finding her own identity. She begins to lose hope in the world, seeing even the most distinguished professors as "phonies." During her return to home, she faces the ridicule of her brother Zooey, and memories of her brother Seymour. Salinger's book is not a book which follows a typical rise-fall plot, and actually does not have many "major events." It is nonetheless a fascinating read with many life lessons to be learned. As cynical as Salinger may be in his writing, and as ordinary as the book may seem while reading, I can assure you--personally--that this is a book that can, and will, change your life (for the better, of course.) Many a time as teen readers we are looking for action-packed novels, but I think that what we actually need more of is writing like Salinger's, writing that is nuanced, subtle, and intelligent. If you agree, don't hesitate to pick up a copy of "Franny and Zooey" from your local bookstore. Give it a try--you'll be surprised at what you find.