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Holding Others to Unachievable Standards Will Always Result in Your Own Disappointment

J.D. Salinger's iconic YA novel, The Catcher in the Rye, follows a character named Holden Caulfield as he becomes painfully disillusioned with his peers. Throughout the course of the novel, readers realize that most of Holden's misery is the direct result of his idealistic expectations of the people he meets, which nobody can ever fulfill. Observing Holden's attitude can teach adult readers not to put their loved ones on a pedestal, since it just becomes hurtful for everybody involved.

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