Story of Holden Caufield with his idiosyncrasies, penetrating insight, confusion, sensitivity and negativism. Holden, knowing he is to be expelled from school, decides to leave early. He spends three days in New York City and tells the story of what he did and suffered there.
Regardless of how the novel Catcher in the Rye may have been twisted or used by people after its composition, the novel itself is a wonderful story. As an ardent Beatlemaniac, I am deeply sorry for John Lennon's death, and angry at Mark David Chapman for perpetrating this crime, but I don't blame Salinger or his great creation. Catcher in the Rye is a beautiful portrayal of the journey from childhood to adulthood, a gaining of maturity at the expense of innocence. It's literally a must-read, assigned in almost every high school in the country, but try to look deeper.
I read The Catcher In The Rye and I found it a mix of wonderful and aweful. The story preaches a very good message about growing up and how we lose our innocense. It talks about how the world never changes but the people in it do. The overall moral is somewhat sad but also moving and enlightening.
On the other hand, Holden (the main character) is extremely frustrating in the way he exaggerates the things other people do. He is a very unreliable narrator and I don't think I could ever put up with him if I met him in person (thank goodness he's fictional). He also tends to change his view on life, an example is how he starts a fist fight in the beginning of the story but a few chapters later, he denounces violence and claims to be a pacifist.
All in all, The Cathcer In The Rye has a good message put presents it in a frustrating way. I would recommend it only if you are good at putting up with frustrating teenagers.