Franny and Zooey

Franny and Zooey Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger

Author: J. D Salinger

Genre: realistic fiction

Age: YA/NA

POV: 3rd person

Summary: After a mental break down at collage Franny move back in with her parents and her brother, Zooey. 

Review: The whole book is about Zooey trying to talk some since into his sister Franny. The first part is Franny talking with her boyfriend at a dinner, setting up the climax of the story. Zooey is a 25-year-old actor trying to make it big. For some reason he still living with his parents. The way he is introduce talking to his mom, Bessie. The way they go off each other showing the sarcastic nature of Zooey. The dialogue in the story is what drives the story, it well written and engaging. The sole reaction to each character reposes to each other stands out. 

Everything written like a one act play. It feels like this can be written as a play with one main setting and heavy dialogue. This is not the deep first-person narrator like Catcher in the Rye. The way the story is narrated it like the narrator could have been a character in the story. Possibly one of the other siblings from the Glass family. It a bit weird. 

The main theme of the story is how our own ego can be reflexed on others. There is talk of religion and for one it means all religions. 

The ending just ends. I feel like there could have been some more. The massages given in the story is loud and clear. Anymore will out stay it welcome. J.D Salinger had written some other stories about the Glass family. 

Catcher in the Rye is the most polarizing book there is. You either love it or hate it. I fall somewhere in the middle. Whether you read Catcher in the Rye give Franny and Zooey a try. I like this a whole lot better than Catcher. 


Characters: 5/5

Writing: 5/5

Plot: 5/5 – The way everything is drawn out is like play about some family drama. 

Total: 15/20 

 My library has a long waiting list for Catcher in the Rye on Overdrive. I guess with everyone under quarantine, high school English teachers are missing their little Holden clones. That they need to read Catcher in the Rye to fill in the void. 

Joke aside, my library has three other books by J.D Salinger I don’t see why people has to go to an author’s popular work. Apparently, Franny and Zooey use to be well know at one point. A movie was inspired by this book. What movie? I will leave that for you to find out. 

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