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Kate Malone is a straight A-student, preacher's daughter, and long distance runner. She keeps her life quite organized. She spends her time keeping the family in order, and trying to get into her dream college, MIT. She runs at night to lose her problems. Running far and fast to clear her mind.
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Kate goes to school and spends time with her close friends and boyfriend, Mitch. She awaits a letter from MIT. Everyday, people ask if it's come and she has to reply that it hasn't. Then Kate's world comes crashing down. When her nieghbors, the Litch's home burns down, Kate is forced to share her room with her enemy Terry Litch and Teri's brother.

Living with Teri is no picnic. Teri doesn't appreciate a thing Kate does. Not only does she tell Kate what to do, she also steals from Kate. During this struggle the letter does come. Unfortunately when the letter does come, it isn't the news Kate had hoped for. Kate hides this from her friends and family. She struggles to find a way in to MIT. Kate's life is no longer organized; it's a disaster, and then something happens to make it worse,

The review of this Book prepared by Lindsey Knepp

Kate is a preacher's daughter and a high achiever in high school, particularly in math and science. All her friends are also high achievers; her boyfriend got into Harvard. Kate's dream is to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where her dead mother went. She applied only to that school and was devastated at her rejection. At the same time, one of Kate's childhood enemy's house burns down, and the bully and her family move into Kate's house. She has to cope with all of this and figure out what to do with the rest of her life.
The review of this Book prepared by Meaghan

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Coping with loss of loved one(s)    -   Yes Loss of...    -   mother Age group of kid(s) in story:    -   high school

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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