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Characteristics of Young-Adult Books and Its Relations to Catcher in the Rye

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Lily Luo 19 December 2002 Language Arts/ Period 3 Mrs. Ethridge Characteristics of Young-Adult Books and Its Relations to Catcher in the Rye Catcher in the Rye contains many characteristics of a young-adult book. The character, Holden, in the novel, has many characteristics that the main character has in a young-adult book. For example, he is young, only 17-years-old. He is also realistic because many teenagers go through the same situations as he goes through. Many teens are depressed and feel as if nothing in the world matters. Holden also has a lack of self-confidence. For example, he says, "My brother D.B.'s a writer and all, and my brother Allie, the one that died, that I told you about, was a wizard. ...read more.


Spencer, who tells him "Life is a game, boy. Life is a game that one plays according to the rules." Another adult, Mr. Antolini, also serves as a mentor. For example, he knows that something terrible will happen to Holden soon and even says, "I have a feeling that you're riding for some kind of a terrible, terrible fall." The characters in Catcher in the Rye contain many characteristics of characters a young-adult book. The point of view of this novel has also the characteristics of a young-adult book. The view is in the protagonist's, which is Holden's point of view. The reader learns about all the events in Holden's life through his own eyes. Holden gives his perspective on things and tells his views. ...read more.


The plot has a single plot line, revolving around Holden and his last days at Pencey Prep and his discovery of the problem he has. The novel is realistic, focusing on the depression of an adolescent. Many teenagers deal with depression just like Holden, and can place themselves in the plot. As Holden is cynical, apathetic, and alone, so are many teens around the world. The problems of depression and loneliness appeal to those teenagers who are in similar situations. Additionally, as in a standard young-adult novel, there are frequent instances of dialogue, such as between Holden and Mr. Spencer, Mr. Antolini, Phoebe, and various cab drivers. The plot of Catcher in the Rye is similar to the plot of a typical young-adult book. ...read more.

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