The Catcher in the Rye

by Salinger, J. D. Year Published:
Caught in the angst of adolescence, flunking out of school, goal-less yet idealistic, Holden Caulfield rails against the phony adult world as he runs away to New York City, a side trip in his avoidance to going home. Child of a wealthy family, Holden has moved from boarding school to boarding school, either expelled for failing classes or just choosing to leave. Other than the dream of being the catcher in the rye, Holden displays disturbing cynicism about life and people.