History Literature / Catalyst

1st Nov '17 8:25:07 AM xcountryguy
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* 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.

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



* TheAce: Kate - stellar track athlete, budding chemist, mathematics expert - in her eyes, a perfect candidate for MIT.

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* TheAce: Kate - Kate: stellar track athlete, budding chemist, mathematics expert - in expert. In her eyes, eyes she is a perfect candidate for MIT.



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

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



* 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.]]
* DisappearedDad: Teri's father is not in the picture, having died in jail after attacking his wife with a baseball bat [[spoiler: and impregnating his daughter.]]
* TrashTheSet: [[spoiler: For Teri, part of the grieving process over Mikey's death involves smashing her partially renovated house with a sledgehammer.]]
* 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.]]

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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 [[spoiler:They realize who she is and wish her good luck.]]
* DisappearedDad: Teri's father is not in the picture, having died in jail after attacking his wife with a baseball bat [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and impregnating his daughter.]]
* TrashTheSet: [[spoiler: For Teri, part of the grieving process over Mikey's death involves smashing her partially renovated house with a sledgehammer.]]
* DueToTheDead: [[spoiler: Still [[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 permission to be mean to Kate or steal her stuff."

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



* 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, [[spoiler:Teri, after Mikey dies.]] In this case the results are much more dramatic and violent.



* 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 to put ''her'' life back together.]]
* PromotionToParent: Teri has largely taken on the role of caring for Mikey, seeing as Mrs. Litch is...not entirely there. [[spoiler: Ultimately averted - Teri ''is'' the parent.]]
* SharedUniverse: As mentioned above, with ''Literature/{{Speak}}''.
* 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.]]

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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 [[spoiler:helping Teri with her plans to put ''her'' life back together.]]
* PromotionToParent: Teri has largely taken on the role of caring for Mikey, seeing as Mrs. Litch is...not entirely there. [[spoiler: Ultimately [[spoiler:Ultimately averted - Teri ''is'' the parent.]]
* %%* SharedUniverse: As mentioned above, with ''Literature/{{Speak}}''.
* StickyFingers: Teri, who unabashedly steals (and wears) Kate's watch, and later the necklace her boyfriend Mitch gave her. [[spoiler: Mitch [[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]].

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* 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 [[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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* [[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 [[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.]]]]
* 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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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]]
]]]]



* 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.
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