Catcher in the rye is pretty much what English teachers think high school kids think is cool.
In an effort for me to see why anyone would read this book i went to the source unquestioned of all knowlage for anyone in the 21st century; wikipedia. Wikipeadia told me
"The Catcher in the Rye is a 1951 novel by the late J. D. Salinger. Originally published for adults, it has since become popular with adolescent readers for its themes of teenage confusion, angst, sexuality, alienation, and rebellion. It has been translated into almost all of the world's major languages. Around 250,000 copies are sold each year, with total sales of more than sixty-five million. The novel's protagonist and antihero, Holden Caulfield, has become an icon for teenage rebellion."
i shall now address the improper things in order of which they appear in this passage
1) it was pushed onto the children even kids in the 50's thought holden caufeild was a fag
2) it was sexual all right, holden was a pedofile
3) He alienated himself. he was a dick. and a fag.
4) HES NOT REBELLIOUS HE JUST CRIES AND SPENDS HIS PARENTS MONEY
Holden is seen to relate to kids because of his constant smoking and drinking and "cussing". well just because Charles manson ate food and drank water does not mean that adults can relate to him does it? No. holden spends the entire book whineing and complaining about people and how phoney they are. yet he does not realize how he is being a phoney. acting a big game and but then getting beaten and shot down and NOT PORKING A HOOKER! There are also HUGE hints onto holden actually being a homosexual. He is also a compulsive liar and fantises constantly about killing himself. Holden is also a blatent rip off of Tom Sawyer and Huckelberry Finn. The only kids who could relate to holden are emo's and noone likes them anyway