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Fifteen year old Daniel Landon tells his own story since he has been diagnosed with leukaemia and given just one year to live. Daniel is a bright boy, and while his anti-establishment hippie parents being suspicious of Doctors' intentions are intent on pursuing a course of natural treatment for Dan, he begins to question their insistence on the avoidance of the obvious treatments, and eventually takes matters into his own hands. Encouraged by his literary hero, Holden Caulfield of J D Salinger's Catcher in the Rye, whom he defers to at every turn, he eventually heads off for New York from his sleepy Virginia home town of Tappahannock to seek his own solutions.
Through the course of the account in addition to getting to know Dan very well we get to know his parents, his younger brother Nick and older brother Joe, his best friend Mack and the twin girls who move in next door to Mack, one of whom Dan gets to know very well. Dan's narrative is honest and revealing, both about himself and others, if he speaks often with a voice more mature than one would expect for a fifteen year old boy we can forgive him for the warmth and candour his words convey.
Reading Catcher in the Rye is not a prerequisite for enjoying this book - I read it so long ago in the early 1960s that while it remains with me as a landmark book I have forgotten its content (but I will have to read it again now!) - although it does provide a framework for Catcher, Caught; at least I can remember Holden's character which is perhaps what is most important.
I found Catcher, Caught an engrossing read, Dan is a most endearing character, his laid back father and high strung mother set each other off well, and his brothers who clearly love him but at the same time give him no slack despite his illness are convincing; and his relationship with one of the twin girls is touching for its sincerity. Catcher, Caught is a moving and believable read.