"Catcher in the Rye" book report by J.D. Salinger.

Essay by DoodlesHigh School, 12th gradeA+, March 2006

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1. My first impression of this book was that it was going to be repetitive and boring because it was in the style of reading all of the author's thoughts. For example, the author started out discussing characters and going into depth with each one in a sort of whining fashion. After reading the first chapter or two, I was wondering to myself if the entire book would be the author complaining about everything.

2. The events in the story take place in the few days between the end of the fall school term and Christmas. Holden Caulfield, the sixteen year old narrator, fails out of his school and spends the next couple nights by himself going wherever he pleases. He meets a variety of people and goes numerous places while staying New York City. During his travels, he is avoiding his parents and is not sure about his future.

Holden is involved in the main conflict, which is his need for isolation versus his need for companionship. The climax of the story is when Holden goes back to his house and sees his sister Phoebe.

3. I like Holden's sister Phoebe because she brought out youthfulness in her older brother Holden. She made him feel very good inside and made him have a more care-free attitude. Whenever he was around Phoebe, he didn't complain as much and he felt good about his life. He recalls his own childhood when he sees her, and he enjoys her company. I disliked Holden because he found problems with everything and everyone. He was always pointing out things that he hated and had a very negative outlook on life. He never gave up a chance to say something bad.

4. The overall mood of the novel was gloomy because Holden is...