I read it once, in my early 20s. Perhaps I was too old to "get it"? Maybe I was just in the wrong place in life?
Seriously though, I personally found it to be overrated. Im usually all for some good old rebellion and angst, but I remember not caring much for the character. I just found him to be an annoying and pretentious teenager. Aren't there enough of those in real life?
Yes, the world sucks especially when you're a teen dealing with the phonies, and the logic of adults is absurd. It seems like there's no point, in anything.
Welcome to the world, Holden. Welcome to the world.
Maybe it was just too introspective for me? Nah. This novel just wasn't my cup of tea, I guess. Sorry.
Perhaps I will try reading it again one day.
Nobody hold your breath.