Holden Caulfield: a wise man but also a wise guy.
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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.