From the author of "Speak" comes a story about a "good girl" who's only wish is to get into MIT. Kate loves science and was hoping MIT would ignore her horrible entrance essays and allow her in but things don't turn out the way she expected them to. Her father is a preacher and feels that it is his duty to offer their house to a teen and a child whose house has burned down. Unfortunately the girl is Kate's enemy and though they don't really become friends in the end, Kate helps her go through a very tragic time in her life. Kate realizes that there's more to life than MIT.
Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson was not too interesting to me yet it may be different to you. I read the book because I thought Speak was amazing yet was a little let down.
Catalyst is about Kate Malone who stresses about getting into the college of her choice. She applied to MIT and no other, now she must deal with the stress of her every day life and the worry of not getting accepted to her dream college.
I reccomend it to some people because soem of my friends did enjoy it yet it might be too boring for some.