- Title: Catcher's Keeper
- Author: J.D. Spero
- ISBN: null
- Page: 424
- Format: Kindle Edition
What if Holden Caulfield was around when John Lennon was shot In 1980 John Lennon was killed by Mark David Chapman, who believed he was Holden Caulfield, narrator of the classic The Catcher in the Rye After the shooting, Chapman remained on the scene calmly reading the book, which he later offered to police as his statement Catcher s Keeper asks the question, WhatWhat if Holden Caulfield was around when John Lennon was shot In 1980 John Lennon was killed by Mark David Chapman, who believed he was Holden Caulfield, narrator of the classic The Catcher in the Rye After the shooting, Chapman remained on the scene calmly reading the book, which he later offered to police as his statement Catcher s Keeper asks the question, What if Holden had met Chapman, learned of his plan, and tried to prevent the assassination 2013 ABNA Quarter finalist
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The debut novel, Catcher’s Keeper, by the uber-talented JD Spero, has created quite a stir. Recipient of the 2013 Breakthrough Quarter Finalist and 2014 National Indie Excellence Finalist Award is no small feat for an up-and-coming writer. But there is a reason Catcher’s Keeper has garnered such accolades. It is a magnificently written book with a premise that is captivating and genuinely creative.What if Holden Caulfield was around when John Lennon was shot? What if Holden could have met C [...]
This was a fascinating read from start to finish. A "what if" story that blended fact and fiction in a compelling manner that held me captive the entire time. Although the climax of this story related to the connection between J.D. Sallinger's The Catcher in the Rye and John Lennon's murderer, Mark David Chapman, Spero brought to life the characters of Alden, Jerry and Fiona, with plenty of family drama and a few subplots in the build up to that one devastating moment in New York.Each character [...]
This was a book club pick and we were having the author attend our meeting so I felt that I had to read this book and had to understand it. I had read Catcher in the Rye years ago but did not remember it at all so I decided to start there and am so glad I did. I remember liking Catcher when I read it before but this time I found it tiresome and could not wait for it to end. However, it really improved my comprehension of Catchers Keeper, which I ended up enjoying. The author did a great job tell [...]
I received this book from GoodReads and at first I just wasn't sure knowing the basic story line and wasn't too sure I would enjoy it. Boy was I wrong !!!! I really found this book to be a good book and totally original. I become attached to the family that are the main characters of this book and kept wondering how it was going to all tie together. This certainly is one talented author and I highly recommend this book
This was a really interesting idea - what would Holden Caulfield do if he knew that Mark David Chapman was using his story as his inspiration to kill John Lennon? Unfortunately, it's not a very good book and the plot is cliched and predictable.There are spoilers coming next, so if you're going to read the book stop here. If you want to read this instead of the book, I think you'd be better off.Spero imagines the characters in Catcher in the Rye as real people. Older brother D.B. is now Jerry, a [...]
Catcher's Keeper by J.D. Spero was one of the quarter-finalists among the thousands of entries in the 2013 Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA) contest organized annually by in association with Penguin Group, Hewlett Packard, CreateSpace and BookSurge. It is a spin-off of the highly edgy J.D. Salinger’s classic, The Catcher in the Rye, which was first published in 1951. The Catcher in the Rye follows the cynical adolescent attitude of sixteen-year-old Holden Caulfield shortly after he has been ej [...]
Book Review originally published here: iheartreading/book-touCatcher’s Keeper blends history and fiction, as it poses the question: what if Holden Caulfield, narrator of well-known classic The Catcher in the Rye, met Mark David Chapman, the man who shot John Lennon? For those of you who don’t know (and that included me, until I did some research), Mark Chapman was found reading The Catcher in the Rye on the scene after the shooting. He identified himself with the main character of the book a [...]
An exceptional and original book. A masterful tapestry of fact and fiction, wonderfully flawed realistic characters and a fresh crisp writing style. One of my best reads of 2014.I was intrigued by the book's blurb - "What if Holden Caulfield was around when Mark Chapman shot John Lennon and tried to prevent the shooting?" I was a teenager at the time and vividly remember the day John Lennon was killed and my husband and son are avid Beatles fans who make an annual visit to the Cavern Club. (Afte [...]
Very well written. I was confused as to how the story was going to come together, but it came together seamlessly. The last few chapters are nail-biting page-turners which I really enjoyed. I guess I would have liked less character development, more action. Now I need to read Catcher in The Rye again!
Pleasantly surprised at how quickly I got through this book. Every chapter is told from the point of view of one of the three siblings, all of whom have a bit of family healing to do. The last fifty pages or so are where the connection to Chapman and Lennon comes from, with the result that Lennon survives unharmed, Chapman is still arrested, and the siblings have a new wound to nurse.
Super cool book! Love the premise -- what if Holden Caulfield knew about the impending assassination of John Lennon and tried to stop it?? Spero is a fantastic writer (it's clear she was an English teacher!) and the book kept me engaged and guessing the whole time. Believable characters, cool story, a must read!
I won this book in a Giveaway, and oh man I am glad! This book merges fiction with historical facts in a way that will leave you (or at least left me) hanging and open mouthed! This was a new kind of book for me. I never read something as intricate! Great job!
An amazing mixture of fantasy, reality and history! Salinger himself would give a hearty thumbs up. Bravo JD Spero, bravo!!
Just won a copy of this book thru the First Read Giveaways. I will give a full review once I have received the book and read it.
I loved this book. The premise is very original. The characters are very believable. Its an award winner too. I hope to read more by this fascinating and talented author.
JD Spero's novel, which weaves a fictional tale inspired by the real-life plot by Mark David Chapman to murder John Lennon, and the role which Holden Caufield's classic, "The Catcher in the Rye" played in Chapman's delusions, is a stunning debut. I could not put it down. Spero effectively uses the alternating point of views of Alden (Holden) and his two siblings, to portray complex (and often fragile) family dynamics against the backdrop of a gathering threat and a race to stop Lennon's assassin [...]
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