Family really is all or nothing, and “Catcher, Caught,” by Sarah Collins Honenberger accurately demonstrates this. It’s an entrancing novel that captures a teenager’s struggles with independence; despite the scenario occurring in the novel seeming so unusual with your everyday reader.
The novel focuses around Daniel; a fifteen year old who lives in a houseboat with his hippie like parents, and has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. He uses his love of the classic novel, “The Catcher and the Rye” to aide in his angst teenager making decisions about love, and how to prepare himself for death.
The novel devours the theme of mental awareness with having Daniel contemplate if his parents truly are doing what’s best for him, which brings out a wonderfully beautiful conflict with his parents. The relationships in the book are the best part of the novel. From Daniel’s love interest to his older brother, all the characters are uniquely developed and extremely believable.
I’ve never read “The Catcher and the Rye” so I was prepared to be confused and frustrated with how the plot flows. Boy I don’t think I’ve ever been more wrong. Daniel uses the main protagonist from the novel to help inspire and sort through his decisions; much like I use Katniss Everdeen and Hermione Granger as clutches in my everyday life. Daniel’s relationships with the fictional character only strengthened the normality and believably of his character.
Daniel’s character is woefully underrated. From the delicacy over how he narrates his love life to the understanding and respect of his parents’ beliefs that he never loses – Daniel is the kind of character I wish I could marry. He’s kind and generous, yet constantly struggles with his relationships. He does everything a normal human would do. His character isn’t amped up or torn down, which is why I find “Catcher, Caught,” such a remarkable novel. It will inspire all people alike for ages.