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Meet Kate Malone-straight-A science and math geek, minister's daughter, ace long-distance runner, new girlfriend (to Mitchell "Early Decision Harvard" Pangborn III), unwilling family caretaker, and emotional avoidance champion. Kate manages her life by organizing it as logically as the periodic table. She can handle it all-or so she thinks. Then, things change as suddenly...more
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published January 28th 2002 by Perfection Learning
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karen
shrug.

it's fine.

is laurie halse anderson the jodi picoult of the YA set? is this a fair assessment?? jodi picoult's schtick is to just take whatever makes the headlines and structure a book around it. anderson's seems to be to take a teen problem and structure a book around it. (this is excluding her historical stuff, which i liked a lot more than any of the three contemporary problem novels i have read) and it's probably a great thing that she does this - there are so many different problems,...more
Daniel
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R.j.
This book is a work of terrible genius, but I can't go into too much detail because it will break me. Suffice it to say that it's brilliant and that it completely blindsided me and wrecked me emotionally in a way that no other book I've read has ever done.
Emma (Miss Print)
Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson is a sequel/companion to Speak. It's set one year after the events of Speak. This novel is narrated by Kate Malone: straight-A senior, science and math whiz, and daughter of the local reverend. Kate's also a great runner, which is good because Kate's been running from a lot of things:

Kate has been the family caretaker since her mother died. She hasn't been sleeping as she waits to hear from her dream college (she runs instead). And now Teri Litch, Kate's nemesis...more
Moira Russell
Not anywhere nearly as good as Speak. Kate, the science brain who is nevertheless too stupid (or too driven) to apply to any other college than MIT, doesn't get in (that's not a spoiler, it's the first twenty pages) and her life is turned upside down when her reverend father takes in Teri Litch, an outcast girl, and Teri's mother and young brother. Teri is the catalyst of the hackneyed title, altho we never see anything from her point of view and never get to know her as a character. We don't ge...more
 Imani ♥ ☮
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You see that face right there? That was what my face looked like when I finished reading this book eight minutes ago. Yeah. That's right. I used a carrot. This book doesn't even deserve a real arrow.

What was Anderson thinking when she decided to write this book? Maybe this:

Hmm, let's see. Maybe I'll write a book about a nerdy preacher daughter who really loves science and math. She's only going to apply to MIT since she's all smart and everything. And then she'll get rejected and be dev...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
After my last read, not to be confused with my last review, I needed something powerful and beautiful and character-driven. Catalyst turned out to be a perfect choice. Until now, my experience with Laurie Halse Anderson consisted solely of Speak. At that time, I didn't really read much realistic fiction, and I mostly steered away from unhappy books. As such, I really was not sure what to make of it, and could not appreciate it as much as I know I could now. Having read and super liked Catalyst,...more
Tatiana
This is another emotional story written by Laurie Halse Anderson. "Catalyst" is a novel about Kate - high school senior who thinks she has all her life planned out and under control. She is a perfectionist and does everything to make sure her life doesn't steer away from her plan. Some might think that Kate is self-centered and almost obsessive, but in reality she uses this orderliness to shield herself from the deep pain caused by her mother's death. After a series of events, some catastrophic,...more
Summer {is puntastic}
Me before reading Catalyst:

Ooh it's written by Laurie Halse Anderson! This should be good!

Me after reading:

Why the hell did I even waste money on this book and WHY did I actually waste precious reading time to suffer through this garbage??

Yep. It was that bad.

And the thing is, I kept reading, mistakenly thinking that this would be one of those books that resolves everything in the last few pages and everything clicks by the end of the novel.

But, disappointingly, nothing was resolved. At all.

Ano...more
Megan
{Catalyst* is missing a huge part of what could have made up a good book for me. The main character, Kate, is an ambitious over-achiever science geek with plans of getting into MIT, but her hopes are dashed when she is rejected from her dream school - and it happens to be the only college she applied to. Meanwhile the rest of her life is going crazy as her neighbor's house burns down and the messed up family - including a really rough and tumble girl Kate doesn't get along with very well - move...more
Cindy G.
Even though I was exhausted, I stayed up until 1:00 AM reading Catalyst. I was all ready to put the book down, then something happened, and there was no way I could stop reading until the end.

Catalyst tells the story of Kate, a senior chemistry geek, who is determined to attend M.I.T. She is so fixated on going to the school of her deceased mother that she applied no where else and did not tell anyone. At the outset of the book, Kate is desperately waiting for a letter from the prestigious Cambr...more
Angela
Last night I dreamed that I was sitting in a gathering of people, waiting for my turn to get up and play my violin. There was a tall guy with dark hair speaking to the crowd, and a little fat blond girl sitting across the aisle from me who the tall guy called an idiot. This struck me wrong, so I told him to stop. Not just because he’d called the girl an idiot, but because he’d yelled it, said it in a mean and condescending way. Instead of listening, though, he slapped the girl on the head.

I pic...more
Laurie
Nov 16, 2008 Laurie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Anyone--it's excellent
Recommended to Laurie by: Dr. Mark Letcher
Laurie Halse Anderson has become one of my favorite authors!

Catalyst is about a girl named Kate Malone, the daughter of a preacher, and science whiz is school. Her dreams and aspirations revolve around her acceptance into MIT. The book takes the reader through Kate's trials as she waits for a letter, any letter, from MIT. Just as Kate gets into a groove a tragedy happens. Her neighbors house and barn are on fire! Her neighbors are the dreaded Litch family. Terri Litch is a large girl who is cons...more
Harun Harahap
Mar 29, 2011 Harun Harahap rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Harun Harahap by: christian simamora
Shelves: fiksi, punya, terjemahan
Kate Malone, seorang gadis pintar dan pelari jarak jauh berbakat. Gadis 'beasiswa' dapat dijadikan nama panggilannya. Di penghujung tahun ketiganya di SMU, Kate bersiap untuk masuk ke sekolah pilihan utamanya, MIT. Hanya di sanalah ia mendaftarkan dirinya untuk kuliah. Ia percaya dan yakin bahwa dirinya akan menjadi salah satu mahasiswa universitas tersebut. Lalu bagaimanakah kisahnya berlanjut ketika MIT menolaknya?

Simak kisah 'perjuangan' Kate dalam menerima kenyataan tersebut. Seorang gadis r...more
Claire
I am slowly working my way through all of Laurie Halse Anderson's books and have yet to be disappointed. How she can get inside the minds and think like a teenager AND put it on paper is beyond me! Even having a 16 year old and 12 year old I could never have insight she possesses. Elastic Condition, Scientific Method and Flammability are just a few of the chapter titles which is so intriguing to me. I love the transition between Good Kate and Bad Kate and was totally taken aback and unprepared f...more
Lynai
Speak was the very first novel I read by this author and though it was a good book, reading the reviews before I actually read it spoiled a lot of things for me, especially the main premise of the story. So, lesson learned, I skipped reading reviews until after I have finished reading the book. This is the reason why I love Catalyst more than Speak.

Catalyst is a story about Kate Malone who is about to graduate from high school and is hoping badly to be admitted to the only college she applied...more
Thomas
Mar 28, 2009 Thomas rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Thomas by: After reading "Speak" I picked this one up
Shelves: own-physical
"Catalyst" is about Kate Malone, the somewhat typical straight-A acheiving cross-country running unsatisfied daughter of a preacher. At the beggining of the book the main conflict comes from the pressure she experiences while she waits to get accepted (or rejected) by MIT. Then, she runs into the ever so unfriendly neighbor girl Teri Litch. That really mixes up the plot, and the story.

While I enjoyed reading this book, it was no where close to as good as Laurie Halse Anderson's "Speak". One of t...more
Morgan F
I really enjoyed this book. The narrator was witty but painfully realistic. Everything about this book was real and gritty. Some of the lines were just perfection. I can't think of any more words to describe this book because I loved it so much.
Laurie Halse Anderson will always be one of my favorite authors.
Chris J
Catalyst Book Review (Literature)

Catalyst is a novel by Laurie Halse Anderson about a stressed, over-worked teenager who goes through a series of struggles while trying to get through her last few weeks of high school. The main character, Kate Malone is a chemistry loving, track running, honor student, preacher's daughter whose biggest concern is getting into the college of her dreams, M.I.T. Through the last weeks of her senior year, world is turned upside down; to the point where her prioritie...more
Richie Partington
6 June 2002 CATALYST by Laurie Halse Anderson, Viking, September 2002

"Was a time when I did not eat cereal oh no
(background singer monsters--- Oh No!)
I had never tasted it
Had never tried it sooo
Then one day my Dad said have some cereal with me
(with me! )
Cereal tastes really good and it's healthful you'll see

I said I'll taste it, I'll give it a whirl
And now I am a cereal girl
I said I'll taste it, I'll give it a whirl
And now I am a cereal girl -- Cereal Girl, a favorite from Sesame Street, sung to...more
Yuko86
Laurie Halse Anderson ci presenta un nuovo romanzo per young adults scritto con il cuore che di certo non potrà lasciarvi indifferenti.

Già colpita da Speak e Wintergirls, non sono rimasta affatto delusa da questo romanzo, e vi posso assicurare che le mie aspettative erano alte.

Le emozioni difettose racconta la storia di una giovane studentessa incredibilmente dotata che ha fatto richiesta di ammissione al MIT: la risposta tarda però ad arrivare e la sua iniziale sicurezza comincia a scemare. Cer...more
Mia Queen
Buku Laurie Anderson kedua yang saya baca, tetap dengan tokoh gadis remaja yang bermasalah, well who doesn't anyway? :p
Penceritaan kuat sehingga dari awal pembaca sudah merasakan betapa inginnya Kate Malone untuk masuk MIT. Pintar, anak perempuan pendeta, pelari jarak jauh dan sangat terorganisir. Bisa dibayangkan bagaimana perasaannya saat surat dari MIT datang dan ternyata Kate tidak diterima.

Salah satu ciri khas dari Anderson yang saya suka adalah ia benar-benar menceritakan bahwa hidup seba...more
Dominique
This is a story about a girl who is really book smart and is in the last stretch of her high school career. Her father is a minister, but she doesn't act the way that you would think a minister's daughter would act. She is waiting to hear back from MIT and is stressing because it's the only place she applied. He neighbor (they live in the country so she is down the road from her) has to move in with her little brother after their house burns down. They have always had conflict between them so it...more
Jessica Day
Just a piece of advice to anyone out there applying to college: DO NOT only apply to one school. It doesn't matter if this one school is a state university or ivy league. DO NOT only apply to one on the assumption you will get in! This is exactly what Kate the title character of Catalyst does, and it was probably the first thing that initiated my dislike of her.

Catalyst tells the story of Kate, a super-smart minister's daughter-slash-runner, who takes on more than she can chew until everything c...more
Sella Thorne
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Tintaglia
La notte è il tempo di Kate: la notte che la accoglie mentre corre, che vede la sua insonnia scaricarsi nelle pulizie, nelle lavatrici, davanti ai vecchi film di fantascienza, e sulle strade solitarie che percorre un passo dietro l’altro, di corsa, finchè i tendini piangono e il petto duole.
Un passo dopo l’altro, nel tentativo di lasciarsi alle spalle la morte inutile e sciocca della madre (“passioni: i frattali e il ricamo”), morta di polmonite; la fede del padre, benintenzionato pastore prote...more
Kate
I will definitely be writing a proper review about this one when I have more time to fully sort out my thoughts and put them to words. I have a lot to say about this book, but as an overall rating, I'd give a it a 3.5.
I don't have time to fully review this but I will say this for now......(this is just going to come out as I type it. Sorry!)......You can count on Laurie Halse Anderson's writing to be raw and honest. There's no other way I would describe her writing.
Although I wasn't "pleased" w...more
Madelyne
The book is set during the last few months of the school year and Kate, a senior, is anxiously awaiting to hear whether she has been accepted to college. Kate Malone is not a typical teen. She is ranked 3rd in her class, she is a member of the National Honor Society and is on the cross-country track team. Kate also takes care of her 14 year old brother, Toby, who is asthmatic and runs most of the household. Kate’s mom died of a sudden illness when Kate was only in 4th grade. Her dad is a ministe...more
Lauren Fidler
you know what sucks? when you're about 150 pages into a novel and you get that funky deja-vu-y sort of vibe about it. or, more specifically, when you've had that deja-vu vibe for 150 pages or so and then you realize you've read it before.

yeah, that old chestnut.

you know what's worse? when you remember actively making the decision to stop reading a book, but then, upon accidentally rereading it, realize you've gone past the point of no return and now you have no choice but to see how this badboy...more
Rachel
I really enjoyed this book. I liked how the main character Kate changes the mood a lot throughout the whole book. I really felt like we were going through the struggles with her, very much like we were in her head. I liked how we really growing up with her, going through that awkward and hard age of going from a teenager to a young adult. Like how she had to room with the person she practically hated most in the world but was able to eventually accept it.

I also really liked how she had many rela...more
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