By: J.D. Salinger
Holden's favorite insult is "phony." He uses it to describe the vast majority of people and places he comes across. The term connotes deception, a lack of genuineness, and pretense to Holden. Holden sees phoniness as a symptom of adulthood, whereas he sees children's innocence as a proof of pure goodness. Throughout the story, Holden feels lonely and alienated. His pursuits are always centered on developing some kind of human connection. Holden hides behind his estrangement to avoid ridicule and rejection, but his loneliness motivates him to keep trying.
My favorite part is in the end, when Holden is with his sister at the park and he feels at ease. His sister's innocence and purity is what saves him, and she convinces him that even if he can't do everything, he can do something, and that is enough.
Yes, I would suggest this book to a friend because Holden's unrestrained freedom and lack of parental guidance are comparable to today's young adults. Just like Holden, there are many people who undergo similar experiences.