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The Catcher in the Rye

Author: J.D. Salinger
Reviewer's Age: Grade 12

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger illustrates the life of one sad boy, Holden, who struggles with the death of his brother. The loss of his little brother changed Holden's entire life; he believes that he was the one who should have died.... His lack of self-confidence leads him to not be able to do anything well, which makes him feel that he is the worthless human. There is no one that can help him, since his parents have not gotten over his brother's death, either. The one who is going to help him is his little sister who has experienced the same incident. She is going to teach him the basic principles of life. This is a little poignant, but a warm and beautiful story.