Catch Me If You Can
Frank W. Abagnale lived several years of his life being an international conman, faking careers such as a pilot, doctor, and a teacher, and forging $2.5 million worth of checks. He earned himself the title of one of the most famous conman of the 20th century, or even in history. All of this was done for the sake of women. This had begun when he was just 16 years old and lasted until he was 21 years old. Abagnale served 6 months in French prison, another 6 months in Swedish prison, and 4 years in United States prison. After his life of conning was over, he went on to create his own security firm. Catch Me If You Can is about his story, from his beginnings, to the day he got caught. This novel grabs your attention from the first page and continues to demand it throughout
Frank’s main struggle is identity-- in a literal and figurative sense. He uses conning to find who he is. By being someone he is not, he learns who he really is. However, he finds that this identity crisis makes it hard to keep relationships since they are built upon nothing but lies, making it imposing to carry on.
The novel is exciting at times, but mostly intriguing. It is incredible to hear how he pulled off such a difficult act. Frank uses his sense of humor to keep you pulled in. For example, while posing as a doctor, a nurse tells him about how she appreciates what he’s doing. “’You let us be real doctors.’ I sure as hell did. I didn’t know a damned thing about medicine” (92-93). What has the potential to be bland, he makes interesting with remarks such as this. Abagnale does an excellent job of keeping the reader interested. His humor provides a light look on the crimes committed. Abagnale is also very detailed in his descriptions. This is probably due to the attention to detail he had to have with his years of conning. He describes situations, people, and places in such a way, that the reader can get a perfect image of what he is attempting to convey.Overall, this was a very good autobiography. In no way was it hard to get through due to the style of the authors writing. It is enjoyable for a large variety of ages and very entertaining. The author makes a point to make himself relatable, even though the majority of us cannot relate to being a conman, or even a criminal. He thinks of himself as just like us, a naïve teenager trying to impress the opposite sex. Not only can males relate to this, but females can as well.--by Nicole Kodya