Catalyst (Laurie Halse Anderson)

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Kate Malone is a chronic overachiever. The preacher’s daughter and a straight ‘A’ student, the stress in her life is derived almost entirely from school, post-secondary education that is. Kate only applied to one school: MIT. Her success or failure in life depends on the school’s decision to let her in. When a series of seemingly unrelated events takes place, it alters Kate’s perception of what’s really important. At the end, the reader is left with a sense of gratitude and peace and Kate works to develop a new plan for her life when her carefully constructed world falls apart.

I actually listened to both Halse Anderson options from this week’s reading and had to think really hard about which one to write about. While I believe Speak is an incredible book with truly poignant things to say about and to those who fall victim to sexual assault (and I…

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