Holden Caulfield is a sixteen year old boy who had just been kicked out of the Pencey Prep school in New York. After his departure from the school, he travels the city trying to find a comfortable place to live for a few days before he goes back home. During this trip, he is met by all sorts of adultish, new circumstances as he struggles to deal with innocence, the adult world, and the depression stemming within himself.
JD Salinger uniquely portrays his character through an effective use of first-person point of vew-- Holden often expresses his raw thoughts and opinions through a distinct manner of speech which gives readers insight into his personality. They also find themselves falling in love with Holden's cynical yet vulnerable character, which anyone to an extent can relate to. His journey is just as much a mental one as a physical one, which makes him easier to sympathize with. He discusses several prevalent themes in life such as the phoniness of the adult world and alienation from society.