Catcher in the Rye

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When J.D. Salinger published his book, “Catcher in the Rye”, he intended for it to be an adult book. However, teenagers picked it up instead, and it became one of the most controversial books of its era.

The story revolves around Holden Caulfield, who is expelled from his school after fighting with his roommate. The rest of the book is his struggles with society and his family.

The reception of the book was varied. While critics said it “captures existential teenage angst”, many schools banned it - some because they claimed it was “part of a communist plot”. It has also been linked to a couple shootings - including the Ronald Reagen assassination attempt.

Nowadays, not many teens connect with the book, whether it’s because America has “grown up” or because it became too popular. It’s gone from a controversial read to a typical reading-list item, and has lost some of it’s shine in the process.

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