I find that I really enjoyed Catcher In the Rye.I think that the book should not be considered a novel as it says on the front cover, but it should be more like a memoir. Holden isn't telling us really, a story, but more, he's sharing his past few days with us before he was put in the institution, or wherever he may be. This story had no plot. The book was 214 pages over around a 5 day span of Holden just rambling his mouth. Though, I completely enjoyed it.
Holden Caulfield is a very alive character for me. Salinger did a good job with his diction in this story. I think it stands out to me more than most books I've read. When Mr. Heidkamp read us that Onion article, I immediately felt as if Holden was telling me the story of how his creator had died. Holden's a great character, and there is so many interesting levels and ideas we can pull away from him.