The Catcher In The Rye

J.D. Salinger

Summary

The Catcher in the Rye is based around the 1950's and is about a sixteen year old man named Holden Caulfield. The story takes place between the end of fall semester and Christmas after Holden gets expelled from the Pencey prep school located in Agerstown Pennsylvania. He is trying to make it home when Christmas break starts to make it look like he has finished out his semester. But his parents don't realize the real story about his son getting expelled. Holden, soon after getting kicked out takes a train to New York to waste time before break starts. He takes the journey and starts looking for friends to hang out with while he waits. Holden is very anxious during these weeks and starts to debate should he really go home and face his family or start fresh somewhere new?

Review of the book

I thought the novel was quite interesting at some points. It always kept me interested and wanting to read more on if Holden made it home and what the reactions were from other characters. Some parts felt dragged on because he was always looking for people to hang out with while he had time to kill before he could go home. Looking back at the whole book put together I realized why J.D. took awhile before revealing the end. It wasn't a bad book at all I actually enjoyed it.

Favorite Passage

My favorite passage of this book is when Holden becomes brave and decides to sneak into his house just to see Phoebe. He was so lonely and wanted to talk to her since he got expelled from Pencey. Phoebe has been worried about him and when she finally gets to see him it shows the real side of Holden instead of him trying to be tough. The reader then experiences the connection between them and how caring Holden can actually be. This is my favorite passage because you get to see the loving connection between the brother and sister and the soft side of Holden.

Characters

Holden Caulfield

Holden is the main character of this novel. Holden is sixteen and has been expelled from schools four times now. He is quite smart but seems to find the bad and ugly side of things. Holden is trying to find a way out of his situation and is caught between childhood and adulthood.

Phoebe Caulfield

Phoebe is a minor character due to many others, but she has the most effect from Holden. She is Holden's ten year old sister. Phoebe cares very much for her brother and is quite an intelligent young girl. She is what keeps Holden happy throughout the novel.

Video

The Catcher in the Rye Official Trailer (2014)

Work Cited













  • The Catcher in the Rye. Boston: Little, Brown, 1951. Print.