"The Catcher in the Rye" is a classic novel by J.D. Salinger, published in 1951. It follows the story of Holden Caulfield, a young man who is expelled from prep school and wanders New York City while struggling with feelings of alienation and loss. The book is known for its portrayal of adolescent rebellion and its themes of identity, alienation, and the complexities of growing up. It has been widely taught in schools and has had a lasting cultural impact, and is considered a classic of American literature. However, it is also controversial due to its language and themes, and has been banned in some schools and libraries.