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Holden Caulfields for the New Age

The Catcher in the Rye is a classic teen coming-of-age novel. These books feature characters that are reminiscent of the feelings expressed in that book.


Under the wolf, under the dog
Under the wolf, under the dog

Steve Nugent is a "grey-grouper" at Burnside Grove, a therapeutic facility for teens with substance abuse problems and/or suicidality. This is his gripping account of the hows and whys of his residence at Burnside, including his mother's death, his older brother's suicide, and Steve's own bloody torment.


The perks of being a wallflower
The perks of being a wallflower

"Dear friend...," Charlie writes in letters to somebody we will never know. But we soon forget that fact as we grow to know Charlie, a sensitive boy dripping with pathos, as he copes with the suicide of his friend and the trials and tribulations of his sometimes-cute naivety - and its harrowing origins.


Brave new girl
Brave new girl

Doreen is only fourteen, but her raging sense of alienation (and her triumphant "potty-mouth") put her firmly in the "grown up much too soon" category. Learn the frightening aspects of this complex and intriguing persona - her relationship with her estranged older brother and the sexual assault she suffers at the hands of another sibling's boyfriend - in this hauntingly sarcastic novel.


Speak
Speak

Melinda enters her freshman year with no one to talk to, as she's called the cops on the biggest party of the summer and incurred the wrath of her classmates. The thing nobody knows is the nature of the phone call: Melinda's rape by one of the "it" boys at school. Join Melinda in her touchingly sarcastic portrayal of her school year, as she slowly builds the courage to re-enter her voice.


The catcher in the rye.
The catcher in the rye.

Meet Holden, the young idealist who believes that only things like love and basic kindness are the keys to a fulfilling life. This doesn't bode well for him in post-WWII USA, where materialism runs amok - at the expense of young Holden's sanity.