I gotta say Holden Caulfield is one of the most unlikable and obnoxious characters to ever exist. It made the book almost unreadable.
I read in french class 2 years ago. Didn't know it was Catcher in the Rye I looked at the inside cover half way through the book.
And by the time I got to the end of the novel I didn't like it, I found Holden to be a very irritating character because he's never pleased with anything (see him at the play) and his plan of being a morale guardian makes him look like a phony. He's not doing it for those kids, he's doing it for himself because nobody was there to protect him from growing up.