>>7645617 It's significant in its formation of a new style, unreliable angsty outcast narrator, and also an easy read accessible to teenagers. It's not in schools because it's the exemplary representation of this style, but because it's a popular one that's easy to deconstruct, like an AK47. I find that a lot of school reads get locked in at a certain era and remain there even when their time has passed (Mockingbird). In fact, consider that it could be intentional to keep this in curriculum as an example of 'controversial' lit when it no longer is. Why stir the waters with a more modern book that will genuinely scare people?
That being said I do like the book. Read it, nod, and move on, is my advice.
>>7647570 I thought it could be interpreted that Holden was molested as a child, and might have a slightly sexual, still developing attraction to children himself. But I never noticed textual or contextual evidence of him raping Phoebe. Just to indulge this for a second, if he rapes her mid-way through the book, she shows no sign of this trauma while talking to him later. Holden is reliably unreliable, in that when he's lying, we can generally catch him at it. I wouldn't think he'd be capable of hiding something that big that well.
If you have some textual evidence (actual quotes from the scene you're referencing) that would help.
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