"What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, thought."
--The Cather in the Rye
Holden Caulfield once again sums it up in a couple sentences. The thing about this character is that he is completely real with himself and with others. There is no pretense to him. He calls it the way he sees it. It's a beautiful thing.