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Wuthering High

(Bard Academy #1)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  1,694 ratings  ·  141 reviews
Welcome to Bard Academy, where a group of supposedly troubled teens are about to get scared straight.

When Miranda, a slightly spoiled but spirited 15-year-old from Chicago, smashes up her father's car and goes to town with her stepmother's credit cards, she's shipped off to Bard Academy, a boarding school where she's supposed to learn to behave. Gothic and boring and stric
Paperback, 262 pages
Published July 4th 2006 by MTV Books
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Melissa McShane
Apr 12, 2012 rated it liked it
This book hovers somewhere between three and four stars; three stars because it's not a terribly strong story, four stars because I enjoyed it anyway.

What I liked: Lockwood knows her English literature, and (with one small exception) deftly blends historical/literary fact with what's basically a boarding-school story. Since I also like boarding-school stories, that was two points in the book's favor. I enjoy it when authors leave little clues about what's really going on without making readers f
Mar 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Cute, light and fun. Sadly, yes, a little bit dated already, but the story still holds up and the references are not integral to the plot. You don't have to be deeply invested in the plot of Veronica Mars to understand when one character is teasing another.

Despite the name, the plot takes elements from a few classics to form the backbone of the plot, which kept the story from becoming utterly predictable. Also despite the name and the cover, there's plenty of horror and supernatural flares to in
Oct 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Well, the first thing I liked about this book is that it's dedicated to me. OK, so it doesn't mention me personally, but the dedication page says "...and to all English teachers everywhere." I'm an English teacher somewhere - I'll take it.

I picked this book up expecting it to be nothing but cute fluff and it fits that description. Miranda's narrative voice is written in that Meg Cabot-style of teen-speak: lots of observational humour and pop-culture references. Some of these references are alrea
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A lot of people seem to dislike this book, I don't understand why though. It was surprisingly a well written book. I frankly, L O V E D it!! Our main character, Miranda, started off as a spoiled little brat and I will admit that bugged me a little. But lets face it, they're 4 books in this series and I knew that Cara Lockwod would make her "change" into a young heroine that all main characters end up changing into. I still felt bad for her though. I felt strong hatred towards her family because ...more
Steph Su
Jun 04, 2009 rated it it was ok
When her parents send her to a boarding school for juvenile delinquents after she crashes their car and maxes out their credit cards, 15-year-old fashionista Miranda Tate thinks it’s the end of her world. Miranda was born for strolling down the artificially lighted wings of the local mall and NOT for living in a backwards world with no modern devices allowed. Her roommate calls herself Blade and is a worshipper of Satan, and she thinks a ghost is haunting her closet.

Things begin to look ever so
Paula  Phillips
Feb 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shipped off to Bard Academy for being a troublesome kid is Miranda Tate's punishment , after her dad remarried and she not only wracked up her stepmonster's credit card but also totalled her dad's car , she has been shipped off to the netherworld - the ends of the earth at Bard Academy - school for Juvenille Delinquents. From first impressions, the school looks ancient and a place where Miranda is sure she doesn't belong. However things are about to get a whole lot weirder when a kid who calls h ...more
Meg Eilish
Sep 04, 2012 rated it did not like it
This book wasn't terrible. It wasn't even badly written. The story line was just very unbeliveble, and I think you should leave characters like Heathcliff and Mrs.Rochester to Charlotte and Emily Bronte.

The book is about Miranda, who gets shipped off to Bard academy (basically a juvenille prison.) She is fasinated by the fact that at Bard, classic litriture is making a comeback... literally. People like Heathcliff, Dracula and crazy Mrs.Rochester are coming to life.

The start of this book was ok.
Veronica Morfi
Oct 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Miranda Tate has no idea that her acting out will lead her to be send to a boarding school in a private island and that Bard Academy is not your ordinary school for delinquents. The are creepy stories about the ghost of a girl haunted the place and Miranda is convinced that her room is her haunting place. Even more weird are the teachers with the odd names and attitudes and a student that seems to think he is Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights.

I loved this book. I have no idea why I waited so lon
Nov 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
So, I was a tad bit nervous about this book. I wasn't sure what to expect. Was it just going to be another one of those snobby, preppy, bad writing chick-lits? Not that ALL chick-lits are bad. I actually like quite a few of them. Anyway, so I was a little be apprehensive in reading this book. Well, turns out, I liked it. Like, I really, really did. The plot was pretty good and unexpected. It was different and refreshing. Miranda was hilarious and so were her friends. *SAMIR* And they were all re ...more
Jessicagail Austria
Nov 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
I bought this book about 3 years ago and never got into it. The other day I was sick and I decided I'd go ahead &try again.

It all starts when her parents ship her off to a boarding school on an island. She starts having horrifying dreams & one day she wanders off into the woods & finds herself in the exact same spot she came in. She begins to think the school is haunted, and something gives her reason to believe it's haunted by deceased authors.

When I started reading this book I thought it unra
Oda Renate
Jun 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was plesantly surprised by this.
I expected a predictable fluffy book,and yes it ws predictable in some ways but in many ways it was very fresh and original.
defently going to read the rest of the series.
Anna Serra i Vidal
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy
I've been wanting to read this book for a long tiem, but for different reasons I didn't find it or just didn't read it. Now that I'm in I understand I would have loved it growing up. It has all the ingredients I used to love: magical school, literary refferences, tongue in cheek main character... but I feel like it could have been a lot more.
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Actually really enjoyed the twist to this book. It was pretty imaginative and even though there are hints to what is going on you don't get the hints until its pretty much too late which is OK.

The book is too young for me but I am glad to have read this eventually!!
Irma rosales
Aug 22, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not so great

A book meant for tweens . It's really boring and uneventful. It bored me couldn't finish reading it. Easy to put the book down and forget
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
maybe maybe not

there was ... a lot going on in this book, as an early 2000’s era YA I give it some wiggle room but there was just so much bad to help out weigh the decent
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: middle-school
A cute, strange little book, which starts out strong but looses wind a bit in the middle. There is potential there, so I would definitely try to read something the writer has written later than this.
Nov 05, 2019 rated it liked it
It was entertaining.
Shelby Lopez
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I found the plot line of the book to be fun. I was a bit annoyed with the repetitive writing style.
May 22, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
I like knowing the motives of why an author does what he or she does and this book puzzled me a bit because I thought the assignments of the famous writers turned teachers was random. It could have at least been explained a bit better for those of us not familiar with all the authors. Coach H (Hemingway) as a gym teacher makes sense, I didn't understand why Charlotte Bronte was Headmistress B, perhaps because she was a governess? However, I didn't know Charlotte Bronte was a governess until I lo ...more
May 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
I bought this from Better World Books because it combines two things I love: Cara Lockwood's writing and what's probably my all-time favorite book, Wuthering Heights. I've previously enjoyed Lockwood's Every Demon Has His Day and Can't Teach an Old Demon New Tricks, both of which were silly, fun chick lit and fairly quick, easy reads. This was similar, except the protagonist is 15 years old, placing it more in the young adult than chick lit categories (not that the two are mutually exclusive).

Laurel Osterkamp
Nov 04, 2007 rated it liked it

Getting through high school can be hell, especially when you’re forced to study a bunch of obsolete literature by dead authors nobody cares about. But what if you were stranded at a remote, creepy boarding school where fictional characters roamed the halls? What if your teachers were the ghosts of those forgotten about authors, who are there to do penance for killing themselves by teaching to a bunch of bratty teenagers whose only knowledge of classic literature comes from the film versions of t
At First Sight: Miranda Tate didn't deserve being sent to Bard Academy, at least, she didn't think so. Sure, she had taken her stepmom's credit card for a shopping spree, and she did destroy her father's new car. But still, being shipped off to Shipwreck Island, off the coast of Maine, seems like a bit much - not that she has a choice in the matter.

Once at Bard Academy, Miranda quickly realizes that there is something off at the Academy: the teachers are a bit strange, and never seem to sleep; M
Miranda gets sent off to boarding school after she totals her dad's car and maxes out her stepmom's credit card. She thinks it's totally unfair to be sent off to a boarding school for delinquent kids off the coast of Maine on an island called, seriously, Shipwreck Island. But the place is even weirder than she imagines.

I am torn about this book. I loved Miranda's voice. She's spunky and down-to-earth and funny. I liked that she was willing to be resourceful and go on adventures and do what neede
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Jocelyn Pearce for

WUTHERING HIGH is a novel by Cara Lockwood published by MTV Books, and I must say, the MTV Books are certainly much better than readers might expect from a name known mostly for reality television. In fact, these books are fabulous, no matter what you're expecting, and Cara Lockwood's story is no exception. In WUTHERING HIGH, Miranda Tate is a spoiled but still likeable character who, after a few mistakes involving her Dad's car and stepmother's cre
Sep 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Wuthering High is a novel by Cara Lockwood published by MTV Books, and I must say, the MTV Books are certainly much better than readers might expect from a name known mostly for reality television. In fact, these books are fabulous, no matter what you're expecting, and Cara Lockwood's story is no exception. In Wuthering High, Miranda Tate is a spoiled but still likeable character who, after a few mistakes involving her Dad's car and stepmother's credit card, is sent off to Bard Academy, a boardi ...more
Jan 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
I absolutely fell in love with the fantasy that whenever a book is written, a alternate universe is created, one whose characters can come out and into our world. I know I'm not the only Hogwarts student living in Narnia part-time, so really, the materialization of these worlds and their collision with ours should have received a lot more attention than Lockwood gave it. The author pulls the common pacing problem of holding the vast majority of the excitement until the last third. However, the m ...more
Jacob Proffitt
I enjoyed reading this book, particularly the first half. Miranda is an engaging character and I enjoyed seeing her adapt to her new school, Bard Academy. Miranda has an eye for fashion and enjoys helping people find their individual look. She's very open-handed with this talent and you can see that she is used to getting along with everybody as a result. She's a fundamentally kind person and I enjoyed spending time with her. Indeed, I'd almost have rather read the story of her staying at her cu ...more
Angelica Bales
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Angelica by: My friend
Sent off to an island, hundreds of miles away from home, in the middle of nowhere, fifteen year old Miranda Tate was not happy transferring to this boarding school, Bard Academy. After all her first impressions of this very mysterious school, unusual students and weird school staff, she then, had a fascination to unlock the legendary story of one of the former students of Bard Academy, Kate Shaw. As Miranda tries to unfold Kate's story, she encounters suspicious incidents that would later turn o ...more
Bard Academy... fuhhh what should I say about this book???

OK, let's start from the basic thing of the book, THE COVER, believe me, don't ever judge a book from its cover, because I did in this book and I got completely fooled.

A cute cover of the book reminds me of Ally Carter's Callagher Girl, you know cute cover with cute story. However, I never thought this book to be half-horror.

The story is started with a fifteen years old High-schooler, Miranda Tate, who is sent away by her father to a Bo
Dec 06, 2007 rated it liked it
As a Brontë fanatic, I couldn’t resist the title of Cara Lockwood's book Wuthering High. And the blurb sounds interesting—a boarding school run by the ghosts of dead authors.

The premise is intriguing, but I’m not yet sold on the execution. Lockwood seems a bit confused about her audience—is it teeny boppers or English majors?

The book is drenched in pop culture references—dooming it to obscurity in a few years. Miranda, the heroine, references iPods, MySpace, Juicy Couture, and Ricki Lake (Ricki
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