I read Catcher in the Rye many years ago and had a love/hate relationship with it. On the one hand, I enjoyed it; on the other, I didn't get what all the hype was about. But, looking back, I think it's because of the world I live in now, which doesn't deem the controversial elements of Catcher in the Rye as particularly controversial at all (cursewords especially).
Still, Salinger was a fine author who made one hell of an impact on the literary world, and whether you love or hate his book is irrelevant.
May he rest in peace!