In The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield experiences and feels a lot of the same things that young people are still going through. He feels alienation, depression, pressure from his parents, pressureto grow up, and pressure to do well in school. At times Holden desperately wants to have the experiences of a typical mid-20th century American teenager, and at times he wants to run away and forget about the world that he struggles with. Throughout the book, Holden is lost, as is the case for many young people in America today, and as was the case in the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. Holden Caulfield is not the typical American teenager, by all means he is an outcast, but so are many young Americans. Throughout the book, Holden pokes his head in and out of different "worlds." First, there's the prep school, and then he goes to New York and tries to act like a grown up (which he struggles to do), and throughout the book he fills the role of big brother, which is one of the few things that he does not miserably fail at. These different personalities that Holden possesses allow The Catcher in the Rye to have mass appeal, especially among young people. The Catcher in the Rye is a timeless classic because many people can relate to one thing or another, is some way, shape, or form.