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The Catcher In The Rye is a study of ones human condition Holden Caulfield is a teenager struggling to reach maturity He is growing up in New York and goes through a lot of difficulties a teenager goes through in his teenage life like drinking smoking depression and family problems The problems he has is relevant to New Zealand teenagers of today because a lot of teenagers in New Zealand are heavy drinkers heavy smokers they have depression problems and have family problems at home These are the 4 problems Holden has in his teenage life and usually it always starts with the drinking In New Zealand 33 of the heaviest alcohol drinkers are with in the age of 21 and in the book The Catcher In The Rye Holden is drinking at a age of 17 which is below the drinking age which is typical of a teenage in New Zealand Today in schools they bring coke bottles and put alcohol in it they drink alcohol in the toilets at schools and usually they get into pubs and nightclubs with their fake ids As u can see the drinking age of alcohol compares to Holden and New Zealand teenagers is basically the first step they take the second step is smoking Teenage smoking in New Zealand is very common 31 of teenagers in New Zealand are regular smokers the smoking age between Holden and New Zealand teenagers is the same but now you get teenagers that start smoking below the age of 17 The schools are common places for smoking these days they usually do it in the toilets school hockey turfs or where teachers never do their duties Holden smokes a lot in the book and he does it sometimes when he gets depressed Depression was a big problem with Holden whenever he got depressed he tends to
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