Boston: Little, Brown and Company, Inc.
Intended Audience: High school junior or sophomore English classes. .
The Catcher in the Rye is about a 16-year-old boy from New York named Holden Caulfield. In the beginning of the novel Holden indicates that he is in some kind of mental facility. Holden comes from a rather wealthy family and has attended many private schools. Holden has been kicked out of all the schools he went to, mainly because of poor grades. Holden leaves his final school, Pencey prep., and decides to stay in New York City for a while so he can go home after his parents learn of his expulsion. While in the city Holden lives in a hotel room for a few days. In the novel he speaks about his times in the city and remembers school. Holden gets in touch with some people that he used know and goes to places like bars and the theater. Through the conversations he has with people a lot is to be learned about his character. Holden eventually gets in touch with his sister and plans to run away. He does not due so because he cares about his sister and does not want her to end up like him. .
Relationship of the material to program.
The Catcher in the Rye can be used to help teenagers with some aspects of everyday life or feelings. Holden is created with many characteristics of a teenager. Those reading the book have many opportunities to relate to him on some level. The book gives morals that are not ideal to live by. Holden is involved with prostitution, underage drinking, fights, and thinks of committing suicide. By showing these morals that Holden has students can see that none of these things can really help their lives. The book shows that there is always something to live for no matter how bad you hate how things are going in your life. Salinger uses this book as his way to send a message to people who read it. However it is interrupted it will affect some one. By using this writing to make such a strong message it helps the students in their own writing.