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Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson
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Oct 15, 12

Read in October, 2012

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This book tells the story of Kate, a science geek who has her heart set on going to MIT. However, when her worst enemy, next door neighbor Teri Litch, has her house burn down and she moves into Kate's house along with her baby brother, Mikey, things take a turn for the worst. Kate's life becomes less and less under her control as she gets rejected from MIT (and didn't have any backup schools to go to), as her relationship with her boyfriend becomes confusing, and as she tries to deal with living with Teri. Then an accident occurs and Kate's life goes really out of control. The book talks about how Kate deals with tragedy, loss, and trying to figure out who she really is and what's most important to her.

I think teens would like this story because it doesn't end well--several things aren't resolved--but there's hope that things will get better. There are a lot of messed-up people in this story, showing that all sorts of people can come together and create something from bad situations. From the content, I'd say this story is for 15-year-olds and up.
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