I went into this book with exceedingly high expectations, having been told by someone whose opinion I trust immensely that it is potentially better than Salinger's Catcher in the Rye (one of my all-time favorites). I wasn't sure if I would agree, but I went into Franny and Zooey expecting great things and with very high hopes for an enjoyable, and perhaps even remarkable, read.
I was not disappointed.
Given my particular love for Catcher, I'm not going to weigh in on whether or not this book is actually superior to that one. What I will say is the writing is absolutely breathtaking, the story is phenomenal, and I was captivated the whole way through. The short story of "Franny" is brief but insightful, and provides enough detail and foreshadowing that it works as a kind of opening chapter to the novella that follows. The Glass family quickly became some of my favorite literary characters, and I was instantly and seamlessly drawn into the story and the world Salinger created.
For me, Franny and Zooey is, without doubt, a triumph of fantastic writing. Salinger's talent, though something I have never doubted, shines through in this book in an entirely new way, and, after reading, my opinion of him could not be higher. I urge anyone and everyone to read this book, and I am so so happy to have experienced it for myself.
Rating: 5 Stars