Holden is 16. The rightwingers here cried and called the poor little 16 year old a "child," who got his hat stolen by the black guy. But because Holden went to prep school (we don't choose our parents, guys) he's suddenly supposed to be a mature young adult ready to cope with the work world? What is wrong with you people? It has been years since I read Catcher, but I remember this: Holden's observations were on a few different levels simultaneously. He was seeing the world through the fresh eyes of a young person who hasn't spent decades getting used to the banality and cruel indifference in the world. He was, at the same time, depressed, so he was looking through a glass darkly. He was also a teenager who felt rootless and lost, and he was also a daft adolescent male doing typical daft adolescent male stuff. It was pretty complex, both as an observation of a certain slice of society and of an individual character.