There's so much for young readers to figure out concerning the many symbols of the novel. Thomas C. Foster's Chapter 12, which I hope you have read by now, asks the question "Is That A Symbol?" Early in chapter 3 of the novel, Holden mentions this red hunting cap that he bought soon after he lost the school's fencing equipment; he also makes the point that he wears is backwards and likes the way he looks in this cap. Foster would say pay attention to such details. Who else turns a cap backward this way? What's the title of this book? Yea! You figured out that the cap might have something to do with the title. Later on, you'll see a reference to the "Rye" of the title and will put that together too in the context of the references Holden (really Salinger) makes in that part of the text. This book may be the most literary of all the modern odysseys on the list--and the most irreverent. There's a lot of cursing, but I think Holden is a deeply moral person. He's a complicated person, and so is good literature complicated--like life. So enjoy this great book and keep your symbol detecting cap on! If you have comments or questions about this book, post them here. Feel free to reply to the comments or questions that your classmates add too. I look forward to discussing this book with those who choose it.