Open Up and Bleed, by Paul Trynka, Lullaby, by Chuck Palahniuk, and The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger

Open Up and Bleed, by Paul Trynka, Lullaby, by Chuck Palahniuk, and The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger

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In my time as a student, I have come across a myriad of novels, short stories, novella, articles, and the like. Written works are really hard to avoid in life, especially as a teenager in high school. Needless to say, it's hard not to form an opinion on such works. I have come to find many titles that I admire, both fictitious and non, such as Open Up and Bleed by Paul Trynka. There are many more pieces of writing that I merely tolerated, Chuck Palahniuk's Lullaby was surely not the greatest work that my favorite author produced. Of course, I wouldn't be honest if I didn't admit that there were some works that I have come to know and loathe, one of which is Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. All three of these works are the way that I have come to rate books to my peers. In all seriousness, I have all books that I can remember based on a scale of Catcher in the Rye to Open Up and Bleed.

Open Up and Bleed by Paul Trynka is one of the most fascinating books that I've ever managed to get my hands on. Trynka masterfully manages to show the many crests and troughs Iggy Pop undergoes throughout his life and career. It follows the brightest boy in school, a child so bright that his teachers and fellow classmates believed he'd be the president of the United States one day. As his life progresses, he chooses to pursue music instead. Trynka shows a life that almost seems fictional. This story has everything from a man's struggle with drug abuse, to the “sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll” mentality that took Iggy's generation by storm. This is truly the ultimate tale of creation out of destruction, and of redemption. I feel that if I were given the option of emulating any author's style, it would certainly be that of Paul Trynka, who managed ...


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... from, it would be Catcher in the Rye, hands down.

I am a person with strong opinions, and that means that there's really no shifting when it comes to my favorite books or written works to read. Open Up and Bleed is the best written piece of literature I have come across in my sixteen years. While it may not be my favorite book in the world, it surely is something I wish I could have written. Lullaby is probably the novel that I feel most neutral about because of my bias toward cult author Chuck Palahniuk, and because of its odd premise and dry prose. The worst novel I have ever read is, and will probably always be, Catcher in the Rye because of its whiny protagonist, and annoying plot line. I feel that these books say a lot about who I am as a reader, as well as who I am as a person because of the content which I find intriguing and that which I find unappealing.

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