There’s this weird but pervasive feeling in the world of contemporary coming-of-age fiction that characters ought to be the person you want to be, or the person you want to be with. And I am happy to acknowledge that Holden Caulfield is not the guy you want to be OR the guy you want to be with-he’s not Edward Cullen- but he IS the guy you secretly know yourself to be.

John Green on Catcher in the Rye