Catalyst

Catalyst

Book - 2002
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Eighteen-year-old Kate, who sometimes chafes at being a preacher's daughter, finds herself losing control in her senior year as she faces difficult neighbors, the possibility that she may not be accepted by the college of her choice, and an unexpected death
Publisher: New York : Viking, c2002
ISBN: 9780670035663
0670035661
Branch Call Number: YF And
Characteristics: 232 p

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Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Dec 23, 2017

This is the first time I really disliked a Laurie Halse Anderson book. This was well below her normal standard. There is a lot that is wrong with this book. Kate has pinned all of her future plans on getting into MIT. Even after she is wait listed, she doesn't apply anywhere else. She lies to eve... Read More »


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Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Dec 23, 2017

This is the first time I really disliked a Laurie Halse Anderson book. This was well below her normal standard. There is a lot that is wrong with this book. Kate has pinned all of her future plans on getting into MIT. Even after she is wait listed, she doesn't apply anywhere else. She lies to everyone about this, pretending to have applied elsewhere. Melinda from Speak makes a cameo, and apparently this is set about a year after that book. Clearly nobody at this high school learned anything in that year, since a girl is bullied, fights back, and then is pinned under a group of boys in the cafeteria. She ends up being arrested while all the boys go free. Something happens in the middle of the book that felt like something that would happen in a Nicholas Sparks book just to be melodramatic. It was really poorly written. I expected so much more from Laurie Halse Anderson.

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crazyflipper247
Jun 09, 2013

This book was really good. Even though the main character, Kate, goes though some tough times, she doesn't let it destroy her life.

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friendofbob
Jul 02, 2012

A great style of writing. Too much drama and so much on her plate for any normal person to handle.

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NUMBER16
Jan 18, 2012

This was a great book! Not the best one by her though.

cjperry Sep 05, 2011

I love Laure Halse Anderson's style of writing. My only problem with her is that her stories always end so unrealistically.
Sometimes teens get into trouble or have bad lives and things don't get better. Anderson always ties things up in a neat little package, but there is so much baggage in life that doesn't resolve this way.

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kot18
Jul 03, 2011

This book is fantastic. It was so terribly sad, yet it kept me reading with very lovable characters. Laurie Halse Anderson amazes me once again! :)

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