Teen Reviewed: The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the RyeThe Catcher inThe Rye, by J.D. Salinger

The Catcher in The Rye is about a boy named Holden Caufield. He is sixteen and is a junior in high school. He comes from a fairly wealthy family. They put him in a private school, and he skipped classes and periodically stopped coming to school. He is an alcoholic and he smokes.
He is constantly changing schools, he barely trusts anyone, and he doesn’t admire a lot of people. In the book, Holden compares adulthood to a cliff. He imagines that he is in the park and he has to catch all the little kids and protect them from fallng off the cliff. Then later when his little sister Phoebe is on the carousel, she falls off and he realizes that she needs to learn from her mistakes and if he stops her from making them she will never learn.

Personally, I think Holden has a poor aspect on life. He should grow up and start being responsible for all of his reactions, because they will have a great effect on his future life. He is a bad example for his little sister because he does all these things such as drinking, smoking, and not doing the right thing in school. But overall, I think the book is pretty well written when it comes to writing from a teen’s perspective.

–Ray, Teen Center Adviser


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