The Catcher in the Rye

Author: J.D. Salinger


Holden Caulfield attended Pencey Prep School, until he got kicked out. Holden was flunking four subjects and he never really applied himself. Holden catches a train to go back home to Manhattan New York for Christmas break but he leaves a couple days earlier. Holden spends the night in a hotel fbecause his parents thinks that he is still at Pencey and hasn't failed. Holden is having problems trying to find a girl so he makes an agreement with agrees with the elevator man named Maurice, to have a prostitute sent to his room for $5. Holden had met some of his old teachers while he was back in town, he also has talked to some of his past girlfriends and his brothers girlfriends. Holden's has a special glove that was his brothers Allie's when he died, and it comforts him. Holden is just a teenage boy trying to be happy in life. Holden goes to see his sister Phoebe while she is at home. Soon Phoebe keeps the secret that Holden is back... but Holden talked to his teacher, and decided that he wants to leave and start another chapter of his life. But you'll have to read the rest of the story to figure it out.


Holden Caulfield- got expelled from Pencey, the main character telling the story

Ackley- Holden's next door neighbor at Pencey, Ackley has terrible hygiene.

Stradlater- Holden's roomate who was popular and a ladies man

D.B.- Holden's older brother who wrote many short stories.

Allie- Holden's younger brother who died of leukemia

Phoebe- Holden's younger sister, she is very understanding of Holden and listens to him.

Mr. Antolini- Holden's former English teacher at Elkton Hills

Favorite Passage

"You take somebody that cries their goddam eyes out over phoney stuff in the movies, and nine times out of ten they're mean bastards at heart." Said by Holden Caulfield. This is my favorite passage because, Holden didn't really care what people thought of him. I liked this passage because this passage occurs in today's world.

My opinion of the book

The Catcher in the Rye, was really good book. It kept me entertained, and sometimes it was hard to put down. This book included a high school boy that left school to adventure the world on his own for a few days before he had to go back home before Christmas Break. This boy struggles sometimes when he is on his own but he survives. This book didn't have that hard of words. I would recomend this book to about anyone that is in High School or College.

Works Cited

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