The Catcher in the Rye
Author: J. D. Salinger
What To Read Next: Lord of the Flies by William Golding, A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Confusion, angst, rebellion: The Catcher in the Rye is the perfect novel for a freshman in high school. Holden Caulfield, the 17-year-old protagonist, deals with the alienation of his peers, getting kicked out of school, and wondering about his sexuality just because he respects women enough to take the answer "no." He jaunts around New York City, feeling pissed off at the world, encountering trouble behind every corner, every closed door.
By the novel's end, readers are wondering if Holden will grow up at all. But there's a glimmer of hope.
"Good news for us!" said the kid with no friends to his online forum.