History Literature / Catalyst

24th Jul '17 10:15:33 AM Morgenthaler
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''Catalyst'' is a 2002 novel by Laurie Halse Anderson. The story takes place in the same universe as Halse's acclaimed novel {{Speak}}, a year after the events of that novel, and focuses on senior Kate Malone as she makes plans for college.

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''Catalyst'' is a 2002 novel by Laurie Halse Anderson. The story takes place in the same universe as Halse's acclaimed novel {{Speak}}, ''Literature/{{Speak}}'', a year after the events of that novel, and focuses on senior Kate Malone as she makes plans for college.



* TheCameo: Melinda Sordino, the protagonist of {{Speak}}, makes a brief one - just long enough for the audience to learn [[spoiler:how much better she's doing]]. Kate can't seem to remember her last name, instead calling her "Melinda Something" in the narration.

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* TheCameo: Melinda Sordino, the protagonist of {{Speak}}, ''Literature/{{Speak}}'', makes a brief one - just long enough for the audience to learn [[spoiler:how much better she's doing]]. Kate can't seem to remember her last name, instead calling her "Melinda Something" in the narration.
14th Jun '17 8:23:04 PM DustSnitch
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* CloudCuckoolander: Betty, an elderly neighbor of the Malones and the one to take in Mrs. Litch after the fire, claims she talks to {{Jesus}} in her television. Then there's Mrs. Litch herself, whose condition is the result of a head injury from her abusive husband.

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* CloudCuckoolander: Betty, an elderly neighbor of the Malones and the one to take in Mrs. Litch after the fire, claims she talks to {{Jesus}} UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} in her television. Then there's Mrs. Litch herself, whose condition is the result of a head injury from her abusive husband.
21st Oct '16 6:22:08 PM LadyYuki
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* AdultFear: [[spoiler:"When I wasn't looking, my son wandered upstairs and got killed."]]

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* AdultFear: [[spoiler:"When I wasn't looking, my [[spoiler:Your husband beating you senseless and raping and impregnating your daughter; your young son wandered upstairs wandering off and got killed."]]getting killed while you're not looking...]]



* CloudCuckoolander: Betty, an elderly neighbor of the Malones and the one to take in Mrs. Litch after the fire, claims she talks to {{Jesus}} in her television. Then there's Mrs. Litch herself, a more tragic and serious example.

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* CloudCuckoolander: Betty, an elderly neighbor of the Malones and the one to take in Mrs. Litch after the fire, claims she talks to {{Jesus}} in her television. Then there's Mrs. Litch herself, whose condition is the result of a more tragic and serious example.head injury from her abusive husband.


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* FamilyRelationshipSwitcheroo: A variation in which the reveal is made to the audience rather than the subject in question. [[spoiler:It's implied Teri never intended for Mikey to grow up believing she was only his sister.]]
3rd Oct '16 12:32:30 PM LadyYuki
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* AbusiveParents: Teri's father turns out to have been abusive towards both her [[DomesticAbuser and her mother.]]

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* AbusiveParents: Teri's father turns out to have been was abusive towards both her [[DomesticAbuser and her mother.]]



* AdultFear: [[spoiler:"When I wasn't looking, my son wandered upstairs and got killed."]]



* [[spoiler: ChildByRape: Mikey is both Teri's brother ''and'' her son.]]
** [[spoiler: ParentalIncest]]

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* [[spoiler: ChildByRape: Mikey is both Teri's brother ''and'' [[ParentalIncest her son.]]
** [[spoiler: ParentalIncest]]
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* TheMourningAfter: Jack Malone, who once told someone that he buried his heart along with [[TheLostLenore his wife.]]

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* TheMourningAfter: Jack Malone, who Malone. Kate says she once told overheard him tell someone that he buried his heart along with [[TheLostLenore his wife.]]]]
* NarrativeProfanityFilter: Used rather amusingly when Teri throws an [[ClusterFBomb expletive-laden]] fit.
5th Jul '16 6:11:34 PM LadyYuki
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* CallingParentsByTheirName: Teri refers to her deceased father by his first name, Charlie. It's later revealed that he wasn't a very good person.



* DropTheHammer / TrashTheSet: [[spoiler: For Teri, part of the grieving process over Mikey's death involves smashing her partially renovated house with a sledgehammer.]]

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* DropTheHammer / TrashTheSet: [[spoiler: For Teri, part of the grieving process over Mikey's death involves smashing her partially renovated house with a sledgehammer.]]



* SharedUniverse: As mentioned above, with ''Literature/{{Speak}}''.



** To be fair, Jack ''does'' try to help Kate at first, before the Litches take up his attention, but Kate refuses to even talk to him about her college plans out of not wanting to admit she has no alternatives lined up.

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** To be fair, Jack ''does'' try to help Kate at first, before the Litches take up his attention, but Kate refuses his idea of help is discussing Kate's safety schools and she doesn't want to even talk to tell him about her college plans out of not wanting to admit she has no alternatives lined up.never applied for any.
17th Nov '15 10:59:18 AM LadyYuki
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* DueToTheDead: [[spoiler: Still in shock immediately following Mikey's death, Kate and her friends stay at the Litch house after everyone else has left, lighting candles and fingerpainting the walls.]]

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* DueToTheDead: [[spoiler: Still in shock immediately following Mikey's death, Kate and her friends stay at the Litch house after everyone else has left, lighting candles and fingerpainting the walls. A few chapters later, Mikey's funeral is attended by dozens of people, some of whom Kate wouldn't have expected to see there.]]



--> "We're all sorry that [[spoiler: Mikey died]] but that doesn't give you a reason to be mean to Kate or steal her stuff."

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--> "We're all sorry that [[spoiler: Mikey died]] but that doesn't give you a reason permission to be mean to Kate or steal her stuff."



* ItsAlwaysSunnyAtFunerals: [[spoiler:Mikey Litch's]] funeral is held on a beautiful sunny day. Kate lampshades this, commenting on how "obscene" it is to bury a body on such a day.



* NowWhat: Kate spends most of the book in HeroicBSOD, and she still doesn't have any college plans. She decides to start putting her life back together by [[spoiler: helping Teri with her plans.]]

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* NowWhat: Kate spends most of the book in HeroicBSOD, and she still doesn't have any college plans. She decides to start putting her life back together by [[spoiler: helping Teri with her plans.plans to put ''her'' life back together.]]
4th Nov '15 6:20:55 PM Jayalaw
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* NowWhat: Kate spends most of the book in HeroicBSOD, and she still doesn't have any college plans. She decides to start putting her life back together by [[spoiler: helping Teri with her plans.]]



* WhatNowEnding: Kate spends most of the book in HeroicBSOD, and she still doesn't have any college plans. She decides to start putting her life back together by [[spoiler: helping Teri with her plans.]]
4th Nov '15 6:19:25 PM Jayalaw
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* FreudianExcuse: Mitch deconstructs this for Teri:
--> "We're all sorry that [[spoiler: Mikey died]] but that doesn't give you a reason to be mean to Kate or steal her stuff."


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* IdiotBall: Kate not applying to safety schools; it's so bad that Mitch doesn't even call her out for it because he knows she is hurting badly already.


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* IvyLeagueForEveryone: Subverted, much to Kate's disappointment.


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* WhatNowEnding: Kate spends most of the book in HeroicBSOD, and she still doesn't have any college plans. She decides to start putting her life back together by [[spoiler: helping Teri with her plans.]]
13th Oct '15 2:05:24 PM LadyYuki
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* BreakTheHaughty: The whole story is about Kate dealing with this and maturing from it.

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* BreakTheHaughty: The whole story is about At the start of the story, Kate dealing with this is certain of her chances to get into MIT. Her world abruptly falls apart when she's rejected, but she gradually comes to learn that life could be much worse.
* BrickJoke: As Kate watches Melinda's art class put up a sculpture in the hallway, she notes to herself that the plastic heart glued to the front of it will be the first thing to get ripped off. Several chapters later, she passes by the sculpture again
and maturing from it.sees that the heart is gone.
14th Aug '15 5:00:29 PM LadyYuki
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* GoodAngelBadAngel: The protagonist's "Good Kate" and "Bad Kate" function this way throughout the story.


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* [[TellMeAboutMyFather Tell Me About Our Mother]]: Toby asks this of Kate, when he decides he wants to write about the deceased Colleen Malone for a school project.


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* TeenPregnancy: [[spoiler:Teri gave birth to Mikey at the age of sixteen.]]
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