Can you explain Holden's personality in "The Catcher in the Rye"? pl i need this answer thank you very queckly please

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Holden is a 16 year old boy who is confused about growing up.  He resists the process of growing up and taking responsibility for his life, because he would rather remain a child.  Holden does not like change. 

He lost his younger brother, Allie and is grieving for his loss.  He has no friends, the girl he likes Jane Gallagher, he never calls her, although he says he wants to, then he gets mad when his roommate, Stradlater goes out with Jane. 

Holden is afraid of life, he is indifferent, acts like he doesn't care.  He does not do well in school, not because he is stupid, but because he doesn't care, he just doesn't do any work.  He has been kicked out of several schools, and feels like an outsider.  At his last school, Pencey Prep, Holden did not have any friends. 

His roommate, Stradlater just puts up with him, his neighbor, Ackley, also an outsider, sometimes hangs around with Holden, but he does not really like Ackley.  Holden finds fault with everyone.  He believes that all adults are phonies, including his teachers and especially his parents.

When Holden leaves school without permission, and does not go home, his character or personality can be defined as reckless and unstable.  He longs to go home, but is terrified to face his parents.

He loves his little sister, Phoebe, the only person in the book that Holden really communicates with and believes is sincere.

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