The Catcher in the Rye has an enduring attraction that puts it at the top of a must-read list for young adults. The cynical observations of J. D. Salinger's central character, Holden Caulfield, condemn the phony posturing and hypocrisy of those around him.
Holden is driven by vague, unspecified angst and unhappiness and manages to get caught up in a series of uncomfortable encounters with a prostitute, her pimp, an old girlfriend and a former teacher.
The Catcher in the Rye is as thought-provoking and compulsive as the conflicts of its central character. Recommended for readers 14+.
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This is such an odd read - it's quite a 'Marmite' book - either you love it or hate it. I read it at the age of 16 and it's always the book I return to over and over again. As an English teacher I recommended it to my students and, sure enough, the Marmite effect happened!
Some loved it, some hated it. The subject matter is difficult to get your head around, as basically Holden Caulfield spends his time walking round New York and getting into scrapes, meeting people and agonising over 'phoneys'. Certainly, it is a book that resonates with you for long after you read it and many teens will identify with the angst-ridden protagonist. If you DO connect with him, you will love it. I do!