When I first read The Catcher in the Rye, around the age of twenty, I thought it was terrible. Reading it again years later, I find I was too kind in my youth. The idea that this insipid stream-of-conscious first person narrative of a sixteen year-old moron is a classic completely befuddles me. I find no merit in the book whatsoever. It is the perfect example of "phony" that Holden Caulfield whines about for over two hundred pages. Do yourself a favor and skip this book. For me, I shall never read another word written by the hack J.D. Salinger ever again. This book now tops two personal lists: 1) Most Overrated Book Ever; and 2) Worst Book Ever Published.