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Catcher, Caught [Kindle Edition]

Sarah Collins Honenberger
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Book Description

After an earth-shattering diagnosis of leukemia, 15-year-old Daniel Landon sees a reflection of himself in the words of J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye. Inspired by Holden Caulfield, Daniel begins to question the intentions and authority of those around him in his own search for identity as he faces death. Tired of his cramped surroundings and hippie parents’ alternative approaches to his treatment, he follows the footsteps of Caulfield to New York City in search of the same eternal truths, only to discover the importance of home when death looms. A coming of age story, a love story, and a new classic, Catcher, Caught will engage the imagination of more than one generation, searching for lasting values.


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Catcher, Caught, Sarah Collins Honenberger’s third novel, was inspired by her desire to reconnect today’s teenagers with the voice of J.D. Salinger’s Holden Caulfield. She does this through a narrative based on the true life story of a teenage boy suffering from leukemia whose parents refuse to allow him to receive traditional treatment. After penning Catcher, Caught, Honenberger fought her own personal battle with an aggressive cancer. Now in remission, she continues to write about families in crisis from her Virginia river house.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 388 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1935597108
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (28 Dec. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003A2C3NC
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #77,499 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A wry take on "Catcher" 18 Aug. 2011
By Bob Sherunkle VINE VOICE
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I feared this book might be one of those sequels-by-another-author which so often don't work. Happily, it's nothing of the kind. Instead, it is the story, set in 2001, of Daniel, a teenager recently diagnosed with leukemia who uses Catcher in the Rye as a lodestone - "what would Holden do?" I suppose you could read Catcher, Caught without having previously read Salinger's classic story of a rebel without a cause, but it certainly has more meaning if you know the Salinger novel. (If you haven't read Catcher in the Rye, read it - now.)

I read the original Catcher as a teenager in the 1960s, and its achievement in showing the world through the eyes of a mixed-up, fairly modern, teenager had an immense impact on me. Up to then few novels had been written with this focus, certainly very few great novels (Huckleberry Finn is the only one I can think of). Fifty years after the publication of Catcher, the thoughts and experiences of Holden Caulfield help Daniel to make some sense of his nightmare situation. (The trauma Honegger has herself experienced as a cancer sufferer is probably a major reason why she is able to give such an evocative picture of how Daniel feels to have "the Disease", including his grim sense of humour about it.)

Much of the dramatic tension is generated by the outlook of Daniel's parents. As ageing hippies, they are in some ways far more prescriptive than more conventional people. In particular, Daniel's mother steadfastly refuses for him to have chemotherapy, as an unnatural solution, preferring the remedies of "natural medicine".

Although I enjoyed reading this novel, I remain ambivalent about it. Honenberger admits in her Acknowledgments that "writing a teenage boy's story was risky, even after three teenagers of my own".
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazon Encore does it again! 10 Sept. 2011
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I'd love to meet the team behind the choices for Amazon Encore and shake them warmly by the hand. I've read three in this series, which is chosen by the Amazon team as 'unsung beauties' basically. They may not have had the publicity when first published that they so richly deserve, but my goodness, the writing quality is outstanding.

This is an incredibly dense book, that is full of well researched and obviously cherished references to the original book. Whilst 'The Catcher in the Rye' is a real American classic, I must admit that I have little fondness for it. We're reading it for our book group choice this month, and I have realised I like it no more now than I did at school. However, this work by Honenberger gave me a lot more understanding of some of the themes of the original, and also made me think a lot more about Holden's motivations and decisions. I had more affection for it after reading this book, and I even wanted to re-read it, despite only recently finishing it!

Whilst it is dense, at no point does this book feel hard going or self-important in the way some literary offerings do. It is a rich adventure that grabs you by the hand and invites you into a young boy's journey through illness and the mudane. I loved the line near the start that explained how he felt he was 'boring before he got leukaemia'. People wanted to talk about him, but not to him. It is an insightful and uncomfortable exploration of how an acute illness turns your life upside down, and social rules abadon him.

I cannot recommend this highly enough. Whilst originally written to awaken a new generation of teenagers to the delights of Holden's exploits in the original novel, this is a truly inspired book that deserves a wide audience. And if you're struggling for new things to read off the beaten track of popular chart fiction, you could do far worse than to search for Amazon Encore.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A moving and engrossing tale 20 Oct. 2011
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I'm one of that small group of infidels who hasn't actually read Catcher In The Rye, so I've no doubt missed out on a lot of nuances in Catcher, Caught that other readers may have been able to appreciate.

However, I still found Catcher, Caught an entertaining and moving book in its own right. It is written in the voice of 15-year-old leukaemia sufferer Daniel, complete with grammatical errors and rather odd phrasing at times, but that doesn't make it clunky or awkward to read. In fact, it's very easy to read, one of those books that grabs you straight away. What surprised me was that the characters were all rather flat initially, certainly not jumping off the page. You'd expect to get quite a strong insight into the perpetrator when the book is written from his perspective, and might also hope to get a good feeling for the other characters since they're being described to you by someone who knows and understands them rather than by that impartial third person. But I found myself quite detached from all of the secondary characters in the book and was even finding it hard to fathom Daniel's own motives at times. Perhaps being acquainted with Holden from Catcher In The Rye would have helped in this respect!

Daniels' parents, especially, I did not only feel detached from but positively disliked. I'm not sure whether this was Honenburger's intention. I may be wrong, but I suspect she wanted us to feel both frustration and sympathy towards his parents. I found it extremely difficult to feel any sympathy towards them at all, despite their dire situation. They not only consistently ignore Daniel's opinions on his treatment but actually hide their own plans from him.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Ponderous, undirected and awkwardly written
Published 1 month ago by Douglas B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good
Published 3 months ago by Elaine Cappi
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
When I was training to be a nurse, 45 years ago, on my first ward, I met a young man of 17. He had Leukaemia.
I was just a few months older than him. Read more
Published 3 months ago by nightbird
5.0 out of 5 stars What a fighter
This was a great read with such strong characters. It had everything that teenagers struggle with including the child law issues.The world's a richer place with having had Daniel.
Published 5 months ago by Mr Derek Barclay
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A good read.
Published 7 months ago by Keith
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Must admit I'm really struggling with this book and not desperate to complete.
Published 8 months ago by Hils
5.0 out of 5 stars The only complaint I have is that this book was so good it was not...
Although the subject could have been extremely depressing, this book about a 16year old American boy dying of leukaemia I found it very uplifting and humorous at times. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Bruce Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripped me
Writing from a teenage boys perspective is a challenge but I think this author nails it. There is an innocence that seems authentic. Read more
Published 10 months ago by breda
4.0 out of 5 stars Catcher re-visited
I think I need to read Catcher in the Rye again now. The author of this book uses her hero's connection to the 60's classic to drive her plot. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Pre-reading of Catcher required
Too many allusions to another book which I have not read. Having taught teenagers I don't agree with assumptions made.
Published 14 months ago by Mrs. K. Cozens
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