Catcher in the Rye is about Holden Caulfield, a 16 year old boy with a sour view about life. He thinks everyone around him are “phonies”, or people who are not genuine. Holden is eventually kicked out of his school, Pencey Prep, because of his low grades. He goes back to New York, where he spends his night roaming the city instead of going home. This book is a coming of age novel, where Holden Caulfield learns about becoming an adult and the things that come along with it.
I would recommend this book to anyone high school age and above. The message of the book may be lost to anyone younger, since many high school students relate to Holden a lot. This is a really good book, despite controversies around it. I liked how the author was able to describe many feelings that teenagers feel in such an accurate way. Many of the things that Holden said were things that I thought to myself, which is why it was so enjoyable to read.