Perhaps I missed too much having not read this when I was 16 or so. I certainly can still recall the sense I had then that I was from another planet and terribly unlike everyone else in the world. There is a necessary narcissism to being that young and building some sense of self from apparently nothing. The scene where Holden walks streets fearful he will disappear is also something I can remember feeling when his age. Nonetheless, there were other novels I have read that have made a greater impact on me and probably would still be more impactful even if I had read Catcher 50 years ago. But who knows? maybe I am being a phony?