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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 ...more
Oct 06, 2012 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
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 Underg
Aug 20, 2011 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
Kristin Trevino
May 04, 2012 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! ...more
”What intrigued me about Hence wasn’t his looks. It was his intensity- the dark hunger in his eyes- coupled with that hurt look of his, the way he had of averting his glance as though he’s been kicked hard by someone he trusted and didn’t dare let his guard down. I knew he must have stories to tell about the past he was fleeing and the future he’d plan for himself.”

As much as the author says she loves Wuthering Heights, I don’t believe her. Mainly because in her retelling, she completely ove
Jan 07, 2013 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
Feb 05, 2013 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
Oct 15, 2012 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 t
Beth  (YA Books Central)
Jun 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Chelsey Wolford
Jan 05, 2013 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
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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
Dec 28, 2012 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 25, 2012 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
Tabitha Vohn
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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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
Dec 10, 2011 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! ...more
Crystal ✬ Lost in Storyland
I enjoyed how this book interweaves the story of a mother and a daughter, and I enjoyed how Coop supports Chelsea during her search for her mother. What made this difficult to read is that, based on Chelsea's POV, we can expect (at least some crucial parts of) Catherine's story to end in tragedy.

Going in, I didn't know that this was a Wuthering Heights retelling. I saw from other reviews that this book stays pretty true to the original, except that the original tells the story in two parts (ins
Chapter by Chapter
Sep 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Catherine by author April Lindner is a modern retelling of Emily Brontë’s forbidden romance Wuthering Heights. I was cautious about the novel simply because I haven’t read Wuthering Heights, ever. I’ve never really had a thing for the classics. I don’t really want to take the time out of my day to read a novel that is not only set in a different era entirely but to also have to face a different style of writing than what we’re exposed to in modern times. I wasn’t exactly going to be going into t ...more
Jan 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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I feel the need to pick up Wuthering Heights as soon as possible!

Catherine had me flipping pages for two reasons: The mystery and the romance. Oh. My. God. April Lindner is amazing– I was so immersed in this book, that whenever I had to stop reading, it was the only thing I wanted to do! With two perspectives from two different time periods, it's a brilliant story modernly retold.
I hadn't the slightest inkling of what happens in Wuthe
1.5 stars.

Well, let's start with I know absolutely nothing about Wuthering Heights. Nothing. Never read it. Never seen an adaptation. Never read the Clifnotes. Nothing. So whether or not that would change how I liked/disliked this book, I'll never know. But I do know this:

I was fine with the book. Pretty good writing. Nothing special but not horrible, you know the ones. I was mildly annoyed with Chelsea for deciding that running away from her father to go find her mother, who abandoned her famil
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
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It should be said, first and foremost, that despite the fact that Wuthering Heights is a classic, I think much of the storyline actually escaped me as a reader. I simply don't think I understood the complexity of the novel, which was, in large part, why I was so very excited to read Catherine by April Lindner. Ms. Lindner has this innate ability to bring the classics to life in a way that makes me appreciate the original, while I'
Apr 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 01, 2013 rated it liked it
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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
Jun 13, 2013 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
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Catherine was an amazing take on Wuthering Heights. Each page sucked me in and both the modern and older stories intertwined together were a great addition to the story.

The book switches povs between Chelsea, Catherine’s daughter, and Catherine herself. Catherine is the daughter of the owner of a humongous underground club. When a guy, Hence, comes to work there, they slowly fall in love. Catherine and Hence’s love for one another was so intense and interesting. I was hoping they would get a hap
Jan 26, 2013 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
Paula  Phillips
Feb 03, 2013 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
Let's be frank here. In Wuthering Heights, the novel Lindner oh-so-loosely bases her adaptation on, Heathcliff's a sociopathic bastard and Catherine Earnshaw...well, calling her a bitch doesn't even really begin to cover it, does it? Somehow culturally Heathcliff manages to get remembered as a Byronic romantic hero, but Cathy's one of the most roundly hated female characters in English literature. How, then, do you make them sympathetic for a modern-day retelling? (I'll give you a hint: Tom Sawy ...more
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