I suspect I was underwhelmed by The Catcher in the Rye because I read it when I was in my thirties instead of in my teens. Thus I'd already read many Catcher wannabes and the original wasn't all that original anymore. The experience was lost on me. Really. Didn't Holden just whine a lot?
GOOD Magazine has a lovely short essay on why it's time for schools to give up on Catcher. The author, Anne Trubek, includes a revised syllabus that includes a couple of YA favorites. Be sure to read the comments.
Link from Blog of a Bookslut.