I'm being generous with the four. I would say 3.5. The reason for this is the author's overuse of the word 'goddam'. It was constant and distracted me from the story.On the whole, though, the story was very good. At the start I thought, Holden, the narrator, was sulky and whiny and he annoyed me to the point where I was going to give up reading it. But I persevered, and I'm glad I did because I really enjoyed and became quite fond of Holden and his adventures.