The messy, unclear writing style in Catcher in the Rye makes me wince. Am I supposed to like this bullcrap?
Watch the John Green videos on it. Then you’ll get the point without having to deal with the style.
I think the problem is you’re reading it a couple of years too late. The ideal time to read The Catcher in the Rye is around age 16, when you really feel like no one listens to you and everyone around you is a phony, but you can’t help but wonder where the ducks go in the winter because you don’t know where you yourself are going. I read it at exactly the right time and am glad I did.