Is Holden crazy? Catcher in the Rye begins with a seventeen-year-old Holden Caulfield telling his own story of a year earlier, with mentions of his having come "out here" to "rest up." So, how much of what he relates is normal adolescent behavior, and what is just psychotic? (Just for fun, ask your parents about the difference between “normal adolescent behavior” and “psychosis” and wait for their bitter laughter.)
While Holden can be considered crazy during his time in New York City, the presentation of his narrative suggests that by the time he's telling us the story, he's sane.
"Madness" is an irrelevant term in The Catcher in the Rye. Holden presents a world so absurd that his actions are neither crazy nor sane—they simply are.