Delinquent Kicked Out Of School!

The Catcher In The Rye

Finding Your Way

Many teachers kept telling Holden how he needs to apply himself with his studies. They also wonder if he actually cares for his future. Holden just does not really put much thought into his future "Oh, I feel some concern for my future, all right. Sure. Sure, I do...But not too much, I guess. Not Too much, I guess." or can not pay attention when someone is giving him a lecture. "The funny thing is, though, I was sort of thinking of something else while I shot the bull". Caulfield needs a bit more time and some more understanding people, everyone has a different way of accomplishing things, Holden is no difference. He simply needs to find his own way to deal with everything in his life.

A young teenager struggles to find his way in society.

Holden Caulfield is a teenager who has been expelled from a school called Pency Prep which is in Agerstown, Pennsylvania, for academic failure. Holden finds it difficult to apply himself in his studies and it is soon revealed that this is the fourth school he is expelled from. After leaving school grounds, he plans to go to Manhattan and wait for his official expulsion date before heading home. With this simple plan in mind Holden entangles himself in multiple situations and occasionally acts like the "phonies" he despises so much, which are the adults in the cruel reality he hides away from. In the end, he tells his sister he is going to run away permanently and wants to give her the money she had let him loan. She arrives, an argument ensues, Caulfield decides to take his sister to the zoo and finally decides to go home with her and face the music.

J.D. Salinger

J.D. Salinger was born on January 1, 1919 and was raised in Manhattan. He wrote short stories while he was in secondary school. Several of those stories were published in Story Magazine, shortly before serving in World War II. In 1951, The Catcher in the Rye was published and was an immediate hit. The unique story line was influential, especially among adolescent readers. He was also dragged into many legal and political battles regarding his work and personal life. J.D. Salinger died of natural causes on January 27, 2010. He last home was in Cornish, New Hampshire.