The Catcher In The Rye

J.D. Salinger


At the beginning of the story an assessment of Holden Caufields (the main character) school. He describes his feelings toward the school and the people involved with the school such as the professors and other students. Shortly after he introduces his school he explains how he has recently been kicked out of Pencey Academy due to Academic Failure. Unable to face his parents he leaves school early and begins his journey around New York where he meets many old friends and girlfriends as well as new people such as nuns and cab drivers. However, he has a hard time enjoying their company as he finds almost everything around him annoying. Eventually he will meet up with his sister where he will watch her ride a carousel so that she doesn't try to follow him as he runs away from home, so he never has to face his parents. But unable to walk away from her he can't decide what to do.

Favorite passage

“Life is a game, boy. Life is a game that one plays according to the rules.”
“Yes, sir. I know it is. I know it.”
Game, my ass. Some game. If you get on the side where all the hot-shots are, then it’s a game, all right—I’ll admit that. But if you get on the other side, where there aren’t any hot-shots, then what’s a game about it? Nothing. No game.

Character List

Holden Caufield

Holden is the main character and the narrator of the book. He's a very cynical individual who finds the harshness of the world very annoying.


Holden's little sister


Although easy to read it takes a certain type of individual to enjoy this book. While parts were interesting to me, I found myself easily annoyed by the main characters pessimistic personality quite often. The author was very descriptive and did a great job writing the book in a way that was easy to read and understand. Another upside to the book was that it was packed with events which kept the book fairly interesting. In the end you have to read the book yourself to find out wether or not you enjoy the book.

Works cited

Salinger, J. D. The Catcher in the Rye. Boston: Little, Brown, 1951. Print.



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