History Literature / Catalyst

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.]]
10th Jul '15 8:41:17 PM LadyYuki
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* [[spoiler: ChildByRape: Mikey, who is both Teri's brother ''and'' her son.]]

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* CheerfulChild: Two-year-old Mikey Litch is perpetually adorable.
* [[spoiler: ChildByRape: Mikey, who Mikey is both Teri's brother ''and'' her son.]]



* ChildrenAreInnocent: Two-year-old Mikey Litch. The biggest problem he ever ends up causing is an exceptionally filthy diaper.

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* ChildrenAreInnocent: Two-year-old Mikey Litch.Mikey. The biggest problem he ever ends up causing is an exceptionally filthy diaper.



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



* HeroicBSOD: Kate's immediate reaction after receiving the rejection letter from MIT. Also [[spoiler: Teri, after Mikey dies. In this case the results are much more dramatic and violent.]]

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* HeroicBSOD: Kate's immediate reaction after receiving the rejection letter from MIT. Also [[spoiler: Teri, after Mikey dies. ]] In this case the results are much more dramatic and violent.]]



* TheToothHurts: During the fight in the school cafeteria, Teri punches a linebacker and sends one of his teeth flying.

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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 to even talk to him about her college plans out of not wanting to admit she has no alternatives lined up.
* TheToothHurts: TeethFlying: During the fight with the football players in the school cafeteria, Teri punches a linebacker and sends one of his teeth flying.knocks out the defensive tackle's tooth.
10th Jul '15 8:23:59 PM LadyYuki
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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 can sometimes see {{Jesus}} in her television. Then there's Teri's mother, a more 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 can sometimes see talks to {{Jesus}} in her television. Then there's Teri's mother, Mrs. Litch herself, a more tragic and serious example.



* DueToTheDead: [[spoiler: The night following Mikey's death, Kate and her friends stay at the partially renovated Litch house and decorate one of the walls with paint.]]
* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler: ''Everyone'' goes through this in varying degrees after Mikey's death, but particularly Teri.]]

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* DueToTheDead: [[spoiler: The night Still in shock immediately following Mikey's death, Kate and her friends stay at the partially renovated Litch house after everyone else has left, lighting candles and decorate one of fingerpainting the walls with paint.walls.]]
* HeroicBSOD: Kate's immediate reaction after receiving the rejection letter from MIT. Also [[spoiler: ''Everyone'' goes through this in varying degrees Teri, after Mikey's death, but particularly Teri.Mikey dies. In this case the results are much more dramatic and violent.]]



* InfantImmortality: [[spoiler:''Painfully'' averted - Mikey wanders off by himself and ends up being electrocuted.]]

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* InfantImmortality: [[spoiler:''Painfully'' averted - Mikey wanders off by himself while everyone's distracted and ends up being electrocuted.]]


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* TheToothHurts: During the fight in the school cafeteria, Teri punches a linebacker and sends one of his teeth flying.
5th Jul '15 1:19:09 PM LadyYuki
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* AbusiveParents: Teri's father turns out to have been one.

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



* BreakTheHaughty: The whole story is a seemingly endless one for Kate.

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* BreakTheHaughty: The whole story is a seemingly endless one for Kate.about Kate dealing with this and maturing from it.



* CloudCuckoolander: Betty, an elderly neighbor of the Malones and the one to take in Mrs. Litch after the fire, claims she can sometimes see {{Jesus}} in her television. Then there's Teri's mother, a less comedic 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 can sometimes see {{Jesus}} in her television. Then there's Teri's mother, a less comedic more serious example.



* DropTheHammer: [[spoiler: For Teri, part of the grieving process over Mikey's death involves smashing her partially renovated house with a sledgehammer.]]
* DueToTheDead: [[spoiler: The night following Mikey's death, Kate and her friends stay at the partially renovated Litch house and decorate one of the walls with paint.]]



* [[spoiler:InfantImmortality: ''Painfully'' averted.]]

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* [[spoiler:InfantImmortality: ''Painfully'' averted.InfantImmortality: [[spoiler:''Painfully'' averted - Mikey wanders off by himself and ends up being electrocuted.]]
30th Jun '14 9:22:52 AM Jayalaw
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Kate is a preacher's daughter who excels in chemistry and is a star track athlete, with her sights dead-set on getting into the Massachussetts Institute of Technology once she graduates from Merryweather High School. She's so determined, in fact, that it's the only college she's applied to. Her getting rejected is just the tip of the iceberg, however, as soon afterwards a fire renders her neighbors - her abrasive school nemesis Teri Litch, Teri's mentally unstable mother, and her adorable toddler brother Mikey - homeless, and Kate's father arranges for Teri and Mikey to move in with his family. Kate must now struggle to deal with her rejection from MIT and a less-than-pleasant new roommate, all while maintaining her sanity.

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Kate is a preacher's daughter who excels in chemistry and is a star track athlete, with her sights dead-set on getting into the Massachussetts Massachusetts Institute of Technology once she graduates from Merryweather High School. She's so determined, in fact, that it's the only college she's applied to. Her getting rejected is just the tip of the iceberg, however, as soon afterwards a fire renders her neighbors - her abrasive school nemesis Teri Litch, Teri's mentally unstable mother, and her adorable toddler brother Mikey - homeless, and Kate's father arranges for Teri and Mikey to move in with his family. Kate must now struggle to deal with her rejection from MIT and a less-than-pleasant new roommate, all while maintaining her sanity.



* AdultsAreUseless: Jack Malone tries [[spoiler: and fails]] to help Teri Litch and Mikey, while ignoring that his daughter may need some guidance following her rejection from MIT.



* DeadPersonImpersonation: Kate pretends to be her deceased mother when she calls MIT's enrollment office to find out why she was rejected.

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* DeadPersonImpersonation: Kate pretends to be her deceased mother when she calls MIT's enrollment office to find out why she was rejected. [[spoiler: They realize who she is and wish her good luck.]]



* StickyFingers: Teri, who unabashedly steals (and wears) Kate's watch, and later the necklace her boyfriend Mitch gave her.

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* StickyFingers: Teri, who unabashedly steals (and wears) Kate's watch, and later the necklace her boyfriend Mitch gave her. [[spoiler: Mitch takes offense to this, on Kate's behalf.]]
* TheCobblersChildrenHaveNoShoes: Jack Malone's job doesn't leave much time for spending time with his daughter, leaving her to her own devices when she gets rejected from MIT. He doesn't even know that she had no safety schools. He spends more time trying to help Teri and her mother after [[spoiler: Mikey dies and Teri starts destroying her house]].
* [[WhatTheHellHero What The Hell Bully]]: Mitch calls out Teri for stealing Kate's things and using Kate as an emotional punching bag after [[spoiler: Mikey's death]].
** Averted, however, when Mitch finds out that Kate has no safety schools and thus not a guarantee of college in the next year. He doesn't criticize her, and [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming rallies her friends at a diner breakfast to help her.]]
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