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Catherine is tired of struggling musicians befriending her just so they can get a gig at her Dad’s famous Manhattan club, The Underground. Then she meets mysterious Hence, an unbelievably passionate and talented musician on the brink of success. As their relationship grows, both are swept away in a fiery romance. But when their love is tested by a cruel whim of fate, will ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published January 2nd 2013 by Poppy (first published January 1st 2013)
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sadly, i did not hate this book as much as i wanted to. this is the same thing that happened to me with Fifty Shades of Grey and Twilight (but not New Moon or Eclipse, those were pretty bad); i thought those books were all going to be worse than they actually were, and i was hoping they would inspire gleefully sinister reviews where i would get to vent some of this spleen i got rattling around inside of me. but they weren't as bad as i had expected, and i found myself grudgingly appreciating cer
Oct 06, 2012 Misty marked it as to-read
Hmm, maaaaybe? Here's my worry with this: to me, Wuthering Heights IS NOT a romance story. It is part of the Romantics (capital R), but it is not romantic. It's a story of control and obsession and it's depressing as fuck. It's about characters, and I hate most of them, and weirdly that's part of what makes it good.

My fear is that this is going to present WH as romantic (lower-case R) and torrid and swoon-worthy, and I do not understand, nor can I condone, those who swoon to the ODB*, Heathcliff

Catherine is the second Bronte retelling by April Lindner for teens. This book is a contemporary reimagining of Emily Bronte's masterpiece Wuthering Heights. After reading Jane this week I was excited to see what she would do with Wuthering Heights, which is my preferred book of the two. I was not disappointed one bit.

Chelsea is the 17 year old daughter of Catherine, the heroine of Lindner and Bronte. Chelsea always thought her mother died when she was three years old. When she unearths a letter
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
Jan 05, 2013 Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!* marked it as will-never-read-ever
Shelves: young-adult

Sorry, but ... I don't think so. I was not a fan of what April Lindner did with Jane Eyre in Jane. So, her retelling of Wuthering Heights?

I haven't even read Wuthering Heights yet. But, you know what ... In general, I tend to dislike people trying to re-interpret classic books in a modern-day setting. (The one exception I can think of is the movie "Clueless" but ... yeah, I think that's about it.) And I don't count things like fairytale/myth retellings because those tend to have various versions
Natalie Garside

This was my first go with an April Lindner re-telling (though many friends enjoyed "Jane" her retelling of Jane Eyre).

I was a pretty big fan of Wuthering Heights in High School and very eager to see what she did with the story.

Here's what I liked:
- the characters were bang-on, Hence as Heathcliff really captured the vibe, very important, Chelsea's father was an excellent capture of Edgar Linton, and both Catherine & her daughter Chelsea rang true
- the updated setting was very cool (The Un
Mary (BookHounds)
Mar 10, 2013 Mary (BookHounds) rated it it was amazing

Chelsea's mother disappears when she is three and all of these years, she has believed that her mother is dead so when she discovers a letter in her father's closet, it drives her to discover exactly what happened all those years ago. She soon learns that her mother, Catherine, was part of rock royalty and her grandfather gave starts to musical groups by featuring them at his club, The Underground. Her grandfather, now deceased, left the club to Catherine and her ol
Jan 07, 2013 Mitch rated it liked it
For the most part, Catherine is an effective reimagining of Wuthering Heights. I say reimagining instead of retelling because the central premise here - Chelsea Price (Cathy Linton) looking into the decade old disappearance of her mother Catherine Eversole Price (Catherine Earnshaw Linton) - is a pretty innovative departure from the plot of the original and really explores in some depth these two very interesting characters from Emily Bronte's book in a modern setting. That said, I'm not quite s ...more
Kristin Trevino
May 05, 2012 Kristin Trevino rated it really liked it
It pulled me around by my heart strings just like the original. Must put JANE and CATHERINE on the library's "Books that Rock" teen booklist!
Mar 06, 2013 Jessi rated it it was amazing
This book is extremely well-written. If you know nothing about Wuthering Heights, the perfectly crafted characters and the intriguing mystery are interesting in their own right. If you do know (in my case, love) Wuthering Heights, the modernized story contrasted with the original is just mind blowing. April Lindner has ingeniously engineered a story that just feels so close to it in spirit as well as thematically.

Chelsea's tale of searching for her mother frames the compelling mystery, as she tr
Beth  (Curling Up With A Good Book)
Can you image not knowing for sure if your mom was dead or alive?! That is how young Chelsea felt and when she began looking for answers she had no idea that she would uncover a murder mystery! Chelsea always felt like did not get the chance to know her mom, Catherine, since her mom went missing when she was 3 years old. Her dad had moved her around her entire life and she knew nothing of her mom's family. One day she found a letter from her mother that sent her looking for answers in the big ci ...more
Mar 23, 2013 Jessica rated it liked it
WUTHERING HEIGHTS is a hard book to adapt. It's a rich, sprawling, dramatic read that's both romantic and horrible at the same time. Heathcliff and Cathy are terrible people, selfish and mean, and yet their yearning for each other arouses your sympathy. Lindner's adaptation of JANE EYRE (entitled JANE) is one of my favorite YA books. I love JANE EYRE more than WUTHERING HEIGHTS, and I think she did a simply amazing job of working it into a modern setting.

But with CATHERINE . . . well, the chara
I just finished reading this beautiful story and I am completely blown away at how good it was and how it touched me in ways that surprised me. I have never read Wuthering Heights, but thanks to Mrs. Lindner and her amazing retailing of it I will be reading it next. I am finding it hard to express how much this story touched me maybe it's because I am a sucker for the underdog getting a chance in life and love. I wanted these characters to have a piece of the goodness that the world and life has ...more
Dec 31, 2012 Marie rated it it was amazing
Catherine is a spectacular retelling of Wuthering Heights. Ms. Lindner has beautifully transformed the story of Catherine Earnshaw into the story of Catherine Eversole. In Catherine, Chelsea, Catherine's daughter, sets out on an adventure to find out where her mother disappeared to. Chelsea's sleuthing takes her to New York City where she meets Hence (the modernized version of Heathcliff). Catherine and Hence's tumultuous love story unfolds before Chelsea's eyes when she discovers her mother's j ...more
Kelly Hager
Dec 28, 2012 Kelly Hager rated it it was amazing
I read Wuthering Heights in college but I didn't really remember it. (Actually at the same time I read Jane Eyre, which April Linder has also updated/reimagined, although I haven't read Jane yet.) I mention that so if you haven't read Wuthering Heights, you know that's not a prerequisite for loving Catherine.

There is a lot of Wuthering Heights in this, at least in terms of Hence/Heathcliff being incredibly moody and Catherine being incredibly privileged, but it's also completely its own novel. I
Jan 02, 2013 Nicole rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
April Lindler takes on Wuthering Heights, transporting readers of the classic to New York.As a fan of the original, I really liked reading this modern take.

I was expecting one or two things that happened in the Bronte novel to happen in Catherine that HAD happened in Wuthering Heights and did not occur, but that’s the best part about the writing. Lindler is retelling a classic story, but not letting it rule the characters and stop them from their own lives.

I did not like Hence from the beginnin
Jun 25, 2013 Jolene rated it liked it
I am of two minds about this book and both are equally stubborn in their viewpoints, so I am (we are?) going to try a new approach here. A review in the form of an internal conversation.

Easygoing Me (EM): Wow, I devoured that book in one sitting and became so engrossed at times that I had that "resurfacing" sensation when I stopped reading. This is a super fun book!

Literary-minded Me (LM): [scoffs] Super fun? That is your rousing recommendation? Are you kidding me?! That supposed retelling was m
Jan 18, 2013 Crystal rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
I am not sure what to make of this book honestly. On one hand I really enjoyed it and it definitely left a lasting impression on me. On the other hand though the characters felt a little to whiny and I am so mad at them for the way they behaved! I can’t decide which hand I feel more strongly about so I am going to go with undecided at the moment.

There are 2 different stories that make up this book. We have Chelsea first who is trying to find out what really happened to her mom who disappeared fo
Jan 05, 2013 Chelsey rated it really liked it
This novel by April Lindner was written, of course, as an adaptation to Wuthering Heights which I am sure most of you already know. Let me first say that I have not read Wuthering Heights so I cannot make any comparison between this book and that one. I can say that I do know the gist of that story and this one is very well written. When attempting to retell a classic into a modern adaptation, any author is taking a huge risk. So many toes that they could step on and so many people that could di ...more
"My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath: a source of little visible delight, but necessary. Nelly, I am Heathcliff - he's always, always in my mind - not as a pleasure, any more than I am always a pleasure to myself - but as my own being..."-Catherine Earnshaw

Setting:New York City; 1983 and 2013

Coverly Love?:Yes! I like the punky urban theme going on, and the large purple lettering is nice.

Plot:Chelsea Price has always believed that her mother was dead. Her father and every
Tabitha Vohn
Jan 27, 2015 Tabitha Vohn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: the-cool-table
I approached Catherine having read Jane by April Lindner and fully expecting to be blown away by another marvelous adaptation of a Bronte novel. Catherine does not disappoint. I love the fresh, unique take of placing the modern Catherine and Heathcliff (Hence) in the NYC punk scene and making a sexier (yet not salacious) version of the beloved classic. I love Lindner's unique approach in telling dual stories with a murder mystery at its core, and appreciated that the novel deviates enough from t ...more
Feb 05, 2014 XxForeverXx_XxVampire_DiariezxxLuvsSHERLOCKandSUPERNATURAL rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of modern remakes of classic books.
Recommended to XxForeverXx_XxVampire_DiariezxxLuvsSHERLOCKandSUPERNATURAL by: Public library, my sister,
My sister got this book from the library and I thought it looked interesting. It was also the modern rebelling of Wuthering Heights and I always wanted to read it. It got the app on my phone and I still have to make some time to read it. But this book WAS SO GOOD!!!! I just loved it!!! The plot, the suspense, the characters, the romance, the twists and turns, and the outcomes had surprised and some had upset me. The plot was the best and I kinda have a gist of what Wuthering Heights might be abo ...more
Jan 06, 2013 Jocelyn marked it as never-read
No, thanks.

Based on the blurb, I don't think this book looks like it will capture the horribleness of the characters. After all, Heathcliff, Catherine and Hindley are some of the cruelest characters to grace the pages of English literature classics. This book looks like it will exemplify the Heathcliff-Catherine "romance" (I prefer, obsession), furthering the distortion people seem to have of the actual story Brontë presents in her novel.

Or, teen angst.
Jul 01, 2015 Kirsti rated it liked it
I liked it, but I didn't love it. The writing was good, and the alternating points of view was effective and kept the story flying along. I liked reading Catherine's story best, because I really wanted to know what happened to her in the end. Chelsea's story made progress, but I didn't like Coop. At all. He was a card board cutout with zero personality.

This book is primarily about Romance, so one must assume that in order to like it, then you have to like the romantic aspect. But I didn't. I did
May 11, 2012 Lauren rated it really liked it
Lindner breathes fresh air into a classic with her retelling of "Wuthering Heights"! She keeps the suspense and heartbreak of the original, but updates the characters and setting in a fun way, making "Catherine" an enjoyable read!
Feb 28, 2015 Rhiannon rated it liked it
This book was enjoyable, and I appreciated the link to the classic Wuthering Heights! It offers people who think they can't enjoy a classic, a modern version to keep their interest. I do find some of the mystery in this novel was destroyed by the fact that it was told in the 2 perspectives- which left little mystery about Catherine's life (the death in question). I might have preferred it if Chelsea had found out the information and told the reader instead of the reader finding out through Cathe ...more
Paula  Phillips
Feb 03, 2013 Paula Phillips rated it really liked it
You know how when books are released , more often than not there is a particular book that you have been holding out for and you can't wait to read it. For me one of those books was Catherine by April Lindner. I fell in love with this authors work after reading her modern rendition of Jane Eyre - "Jane". It was awesome and easy to read , so when I discovered she was writing a rendition of Wuthering Heights - another of my all-time favourite classic novels, I knew I just had to get my hands on it ...more
Jan 15, 2013 Katie rated it really liked it
Shelves: little-brown, ebook
Catherine, a modern day retelling of Wuthering Heights, is another fabulous novel from April Lindner. Her debut, Jane (a modern Jane Eyre), blew me away and while Catherine was not quite as good, I still greatly enjoyed it. In fact, I can't stop thinking about it.

I have never read Wuthering Heights and honestly, in this case, I think that was a good thing. I had no idea what was going to happen and Catherine ended up being a whole new story for me rather than a retelling. There were twists and
Jan 26, 2013 Leah rated it really liked it
This is the first of April Lindner's books I've read; I had Jane on my TBR list for a while, but picked up Catherine first because I've never read a retelling of Wuthering Heights. I started it not knowing what to expect and finished it that same night, unable to put it down. The book is set in NYC and starts out with Chelsea, Catherine's daughter, trying to find out what happened to her mother, and then flips back and forth between Chelsea's investigations and Catherine's relation of what happe ...more
Randy Briggs
Feb 28, 2013 Randy Briggs rated it really liked it
Usually when I read a book, I take it chapter by chapter. When I reach the end of one, I decide whether or not to continue with the next one. Not with this novel--from the very first chapter, I knew that I'd have to continue on to the end. A haunting, gripping novel told in the alternating voices of Catherine and her daughter Chelsea, written twenty years apart. Fourteen years ago, Catherine disappeared. Chelsea was told by her father that Catherine had died after a short illness. Chelsea believ ...more
Jodi Papazian
Jan 09, 2013 Jodi Papazian rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-reads
I've never read Wuthering Heights so I can't compare this twist to the original. However, I have to say that I really enjoyed this story. When Chelsea finds out that her father has been lying to her for 14 years about her mother's death, she runs away to NYC to find out what happened to her. The story is told in alternating chapters between Chelsea's present and Catherine's (her mom) past.
Catherine grew up in the spotlight - her father was famous for owning a prestigious underground club in N
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