: The Catcher in the Rye
By: Narges Taghavi
J.D. Salinger’s “The Catcher in the Rye” is an exceptional story. Although, it might not be something you’ll find the modern day teenager reading and parents might be startled by the novels unrefined content; the story is one that is timeless. The story follows sixteen-year-old Holden Caulfield; a New Yorker that is unlike most teenage boys. He not interested in pop culture or fitting, because he finds that being real is better than going through life as a copy. Although, he has been kicked out of many schools and does not like learning, he is quite knowledgeable an unorthodox sort of way. Throughout the whole story Holden is a very blunt and honest person that doesn’t fabricate the world and is all about what is real.
One of the greatest things about the book is it’s relatable. The character of Holden is much like J.D. Salinger, but he could just as easily convey the reader or someone in his or her life. The book is a “coming of age” tale, its matter rings true still today. It depicts the un-talked about rubbish of the adolescent genre.
Caulfield is at the crossroads between adolescences and adulthood, and though he very mature for his age, he longs for the innocence of youth and is disgusted that nearly half of society is filled with “phoniness.” Many people find that because of its subject matter the book should be banned, but the content is why the book is considered a work of genius.
Many coming-of-age novels touch on subjects like sexuality and religion, but J.D. Salinger brings these issues into light full force, and shows the complexity of them. He paints a very realistic picture of puberty for the reader. It is a wonderful reader for adults and teens a like. Holden questions lots of things about the world and deals with norms of society and breaking down the walls and guidelines present in the world today.