Catcher in the Rye Summary

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Jennifer Madrid Summer Reading Homework English The Catcher in the Rye: Summary The novel “The Catcher in the Rye” is a fictional novel written by J.D. Salinger. It follows and is narrated by a seventeen year old boy named Holden Caulfield. The story in fact is only about a few days, a little bit before Christmas break, right after he flunked of yet another boarding school, Pency Prep. Holden is a boy who is very opinionated and somewhat rebellious. He faces many things throughout this novel whether it being relationships, the grief of his younger brother, Allie’s death, finding himself or having to grow up, in general. He really has to think about what he will do with his life and how he plans to live it. He is a boy filled with many conflicting emotions, loneliness, and depression. He has many sides of him and is just trying to see how he fits in. He is very stubborn and sometimes a bit rude but overall, a good guy. The story starts with Holden in Pency Prep School that is located in Pennsylvania. He has already been kicked out of the private school for flunking in all his classes except English. His parents still don’t know about it and he knows they will be furious when they find out that he’s been kicked out of yet another school. He doesn’t really like the school and said it was full of “phonies”, something he just can’t stand. He doesn’t really have any friends either. He just talks to his roommate and the book that lives in the next dorm, Ackley. Holden’s roommate is a complete ladies' man named Stradlater. Stradlater tells him he’s taking a girl named Jane out on a date. She is also Holden’s old friend and he can’t imagine what sort of moves he will do to his innocent, good, friend. One things leads to another and Holden and Stradlater end up getting into a full on brawl and Holden ends up pretty hurt. Holden opts to
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