>>25805293 a faggot who is in middle school, and must do a report on shitty book, so he goes to a mongolian sexual deviance image sharing center to ask a large amount of autistic adults, instead of using google.
>kid gets kicked from boarding school >monologue complaining about frivolous things >goes to new york trying to talk waiters into giving him booze >monologue complaining about frivolous things >monologue complaining that growing up sucks >guy sits in rain >get fever
>protagonist, Holden, is a KV robot >lives at a boarding school in PA >he's in love with a Stacy named Jane >his roommate is a Chad >Chad cucks Holden for Jane >Holden goes full REEEEE and takes a train to New York City >wanders around >thinks about how being a teenager sucks >has sex with a hooker >gets beat up by the pimp and has his money stolen from him >more thoughts about teenagers sucking >Holden calls up an old roastie from his past named Sally >they spend the day together having a good time >he confesses his true feelings >roastie goes toastie >Holden ditches her >more angst >visits his old teacher >teacher tells him to stop being a pussy >Holden decides to become a vagabond >his imouto wants to go with him >she's the one person he cares about >he spends one last day with her at the zoo before he goes >fast forward and he's in a mental hospital >the end
It's been a while since I read it so might be wrong on some points Basically it's about coping with grief and loss. Holden mentions the death of his younger brother early in the book in quite an offhand manner, but it's clear that it had a profound effect on him. He's very fond of his younger sister, visiting her in the night when he's drunk, and he also breaks down crying at the end when they're at the theme park or something. Also I think he admires his older brother, a screenwriter or something, but feels bitter because he moved away. And he attends a boarding school, so he's isolated in that sense. So his errant behaviour, his angst, is him lashing out at a world he feels is cruel. He desires to care for and protect those close to him (as in his dream when he is the catcher in the rye, saving young children) but feels he is unable to. Worth noting that Salinger wrote the novel after having served in WW2. His experiences of war, witnessing death and devastation are big influences of Holden's worldview. As a side note I think it's a great novel and "le Holden is so angsty i hate him!" meme is retarded. If you believe that you have failed to empathise with him and as such are not fit to consume great art
A slightly slow boy who gets kicked out of school and lives off small amount of money in new York until he has to finally go home and tell his parents the whole book is really just a story he is telling his shrink
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