This story should be read every ten or twenty years. The first time I read it, I found young Holden to be annoying as hell. But I have grown to adore him because his observations are accurate: people are phony as hell which makes it extremely difficult for kids to find people to trust; the vast majority of humanity is ignorant and uncaring to the suffering of others, and the issue has only gotten worse. Apathy by adults to the very real concerns and problems of young people makes them feel powerless and invisible. Caulfield had every right to feel angry and disillusioned; the world is a dangerous place, especially if you are born female.

Salinger's writing is perfect: he captured the voice of an angry, confused, inquisitive, intelligent, caring young man who sees education for what it truly is: a means of erasing individuality and logical thought in order to create obedient, unquestioning worker bees.

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