Starting out like a journal, this story is told by the narrator himself, Holden Caulfield who is a sixteen year old junior who has just been expelled for academic failure from a school called Pencey Prep. He is an intelligent, sensitive and yet jaded character who is trying to protect himself from the disappointment of the adult world. Holden’s character as well as how he acted towards his own situation really captivated me. He used a lot of alienation as a form of protection. He advertised his own uniqueness and used his isolation as proof that he is better than everyone else around him and therefore above interacting with them when the truth was interacting with others just overwhelmed him.
I found it interesting that Holden has yet to actually address his own feelings in the first half of this book. He also never tries to find the source of his troubles. For example, instead of confessing to his family that he was expelled from another school, he decides to stay in New York until he has to return to his family.
The way Holden interacts with other characters is really something to read about. He silently gauges their moods and if he’s bored, he’ll provoke or poke at them for fun. The way he is a black and white yet gray character makes me really have to think about him.
I have not read about a character like this before so I find it interesting. Though the pace of the first half seems a bit unorganized and too slow or too fast at times, I feel like that is really adding onto the charm of this story so far. I hope something more exciting happens in the second half of the story.