I have always been intrigued by this novel as I once heard it described as the female counterpart of "Catcher in the Rye", however after finishing the book, I must disagree. I was drawn to the synopsis of a young girl simultaneously experiencing the thrills of New York City, the opportunities in youth and the extremely steep slope into depression. On the level of the line, I was enchanted by Plath's narrative. I have always been interested in the life of Sylvia Plath and her husband Ted Hughes. When I heard that this novel was semi-autobiographical, I began to read as if Sylvia was speaking directly to me about her own feelings and disorder. I was fascinated by this story and would highly recommend it .. a haunting American classic!