Catalyst by Laurie Halse AndersonCatalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson


byLaurie Halse Anderson

Paperback | September 15, 2003

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Meet Kate Malone-straight A science and math geek, minister's daughter, ace long-distance runner, girlfriend, unwilling family caretaker, 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, like a string of chemical reactions, everything happens: the Malones' neighbors get burned out of their home and move in. Because her father is a Good Man of God (and a Not Very Thoughtful Parent), Kate has to share her room with her nemesis, Teri Litch, and Teri's adorable, troublemaking little brother. And through it all, she's still waiting to hear from the only college she has applied to: MIT. Kate's life is less and less under control-and then, something happens that blows it all apart, and forces her to examine her life, self, and heart for the first time. Set in the same community as the remarkable Speak, Catalyst is a novel that will make you think, laugh, cry, and rejoice-sometimes at the same time.
Laurie Halse Anderson has received both the Margaret Edwards Award and the ALAN Award for her contributions to young adult literature. She has also been honored by the National Coalition Against Censorship in recognition of her fight to combat the censoring of literature. She is the author of the groundbreaking National Book Award fina...
Title:CatalystFormat:PaperbackPublished:September 15, 2003Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0142400017

ISBN - 13:9780142400012

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow This book starts off with a typical story that may make you less interested, but as you learn more about the characters and create a bond with them, the plot twists completely, leaving you so confused and engaged. I really loved that aspect of the book and this is one of those novels that leaves a mark on its reader.
Date published: 2018-04-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Light Read with a Heavy Theme Another novel from Laurie with a heavy theme. Kate and Teri couldn't be any more different, not only in their own characterizations but also in their own day to day life styles. Unlike a lot of Laurie's other books this one was a lot lighter and faster to read through. It was still enjoyable, though I found I didn't really relate with Kate, the main character, as much this time around. I did like how the way we view our lives and how that view can affect our outlook and our quality on life was the theme, as it is a very interesting one.
Date published: 2018-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A light, easy read with a message I definitely recommend this book to anyone!
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely moved me to tears This novel did change the way I looked at the world. It was very moving. It showed good, bad, evil and indifference and how it affects the lives of everyone around.
Date published: 2012-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great wow I'm so glad that I read Catalyst after my slight disappointment in Prom because it completely restored my faith in Laurie Halse Anderson as an author practically after my own heart. Even though I'm much older than the main character I can completely identify with her college situation. I only applied for two. One I knew was a sure thing and that was my back up and one I wanted to get into. But if I'd gotten rejected from both? I would have had nothing. I still haven't learned my lesson about reading books that make me cry at work. And I don't think I'll ever learn that lesson. But Catalyst made me cry. It was that it was so *believable* and real that really got to me. Highly recommend this.
Date published: 2010-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An amazing unforseen turn of events in peoples lifes and eyes This is an early teens book, however there is a very powerful message within this book that holds true at any age. A young girl's worl is turned upside down by unforseen circumstances that are out of her control and she must learn to work through and with them on her own because she soon realizes that plans do change and sometimes for the better even though one may wish that they don't. An unlucky friendship develops out of the turn of events to change the main character whole character and her outlook on life. Through this friendship both characters find out things about each other and themselves that they never would have discovered. I highly recommend this book for anyone, it changes ones life and outlook on life and others around them. As you never really know a person till you get underneath their skin. It is a life altering book with may twists, turns and surprises which keep you guessing and wanting more. You will not be able to put down this book. Very well written and also an easy read. A very good novel to give to your children to make them understand and realize just how different other people can be behind closed doors, as nothing is ever as it seems.
Date published: 2008-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Adapting to Change Kate Malone is the minister's daughter and an ideal student. She has straight a's and is athletic. She is in her last year of school and only has one thing on her mind, MIT. But when her enemy Teri Litch and her little brother's house burned down, Teri and Kate are forced to share a room together. Teri shows Kate a whole new side to life, a side that Kate has never faced in her whole life. Just when things started to get worse between Kate and Teri, something unexpected happens that brings them closer.
Date published: 2006-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME BOOK!!! I first read Speak, and I really enjoyed it. I then found Catalyst and decided to read it. It was amazing! I was totally enthralled, and I spent an entire night reading the book. I was unable to put it down. It was sadder than i thought it would be, but it was great. READ IT!!!!!
Date published: 2004-11-17

Editorial Reviews

"Anderson returns here to the same high school setting of Speak (now-verbal Melinda makes a cameo appearance); readers will return for Anderson's keen understanding and eminently readable style."