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Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson

JSD, December 2, 2011

I felt that this was a great read for a high school student. The protagonist (Kate Malone) is a straight-A student who struggles with the world around her, meaning not everything working out as she had planned. Throughout nearly the entire book she has issues with a girl named Teri Litch. Teri moves in with Kate after a series of very unfortunate events happening. Kate’s life is spinning out of control, because not everything is happening as planned. Kate applied only to her dream school, MIT. She has almost dual personalities, as she is trying to be a good girl, get good grades, and remain sane. Her other side is bad, swears a lot, and doesn’t want to listen to anyone but herself. Kate slowly learns that throughout the book that not everything will happen perfectly, but will eventually work out. Kate’s dad, a pastor, tries often to talk to Kate about schooling, attitude, and just life in general. She tries not to listen to it, but ends up listening for her father’s sake. Teri Litch is somewhat of an outcast, being because she steals, hurts people, and doesn’t get along with just about anyone. Kate’s mom died when she and her brother were younger. Kate misses her mom, but isn’t depressed about it. Kate has a small peek into the life of Teri Litch, as she goes to her house to get the watch she stole from her. She was very surprised by what she saw. Teri has no dad, and her mom is old and can’t see very well. When Teri comes to live with Kate, Teri repeatedly uses her for rides and steals things from her. I would recommend this book to someone interested in a pretty good read. The reader learns from this that it is not always the little things that should get to you. I liked this book because of the lesson I learned. Overall, I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
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