Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Although this book "The Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salingers has been challenged and banned throughout the U.S. I still feel it is a valuable book for high school students to read. This book has been banned in various parts of the U.S. for language and sexual content. Also challenged and removed from several schools because the main character exhibits behavior deemed "inappropriate". It also has been challenged for its liberal use of profanity and portrayal of sexuality and teenage angst.The novel's protagonist, Holden Caulfield, has become an icon for teenage rebellion and defiance. Written in the first person, The Catcher in the Rye follows Holden's experiences in New York City in the days following his expulsion from Pencey Prep, a college preparatory school. I feel students could learn many life lessons from this book.