Holden Caulfield

Here’s the thing: People say you outgrow Salinger. That he’s a writer whose work speaks to the particular themes and frustrations of adolescence. The latter might be true. Certainly, I can attest to the fact that many of the people who wrote letters to him ranged in age from approximately twelve to twenty-two. I don’t know how I would have regarded Salinger had I read him in middle school. But I encountered Salinger as a grown up or rather, someone who, like Franny, was just sloughing off my childhood, my received ideas about how to live in the world. And, thus, with each passing year – each rereading–his stories, his characters, have changed and deepened.
— Joanna Rakoff, My Salinger Year


14 Alternate “Catcher In The Rye” Covers

With quotes by Holden Caulfield.



The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger (Jan 1, 1919 - Jan 27, 2010)

Happy birthday, Mr. Salinger! For more unique teen characters fighting the phoniness of the adult world, try these…

Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer for a real-life Holden who went in search of adventure and a meaningful life, and the decisions that led to his death

Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis for a teen struggling not to lose himself in the nihilism, excess, and emptiness of 1980s Los Angeles

Ghost World by Daniel Clowes for two witty female characters at odds with vapid ’90s culture, who drift apart as they transition into adulthood

Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre for a hapless teen swept up in a Texas school massacre - a satirical, blackly comic critique of modern America 

I was so worried about making sure this list did my favourite book justice, it took me 10 weeks to write. Enjoy.