Review: Catherine by April Lindner

Title: Catherine
Author: April Lindner
Publisher: Poppy
Published: January 2, 2013
ISBN13: 9780316196925
Genre: Young Adult
Source: NetGalley

Goodreads Summary:
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 pride keep them apart?

Chelsea has always believed that her mom died of a sudden illness, until she finds a letter her dad has kept from her for years—a letter from her mom, Catherine, who didn’t die: She disappeared. Driven by unanswered questions, Chelsea sets out to look for her—starting with the return address on the letter: The Underground.

Told in two voices, twenty years apart, Catherine interweaves a timeless forbidden romance with a compelling modern mystery.

My thoughts:
Two years ago, I read Jane by April Lindner. Though I thought it was good, it wasn't my favorite book. So I thought I'd take a chance and read Catherine, a re-telling of Wuthering Heights. Catherine is set in modern times with music being a heavy influence and theme in the book. Music lovers will definitely like that aspect. 
The story is told from two different points-of-view: Catherine, who is the main character of the book. She meets Hense, who she's immediately taken with. They form an unbreakable bond that has a rocky exterior. Chelsea is Catherine's daughter. You might think Hense is the dad, but you're wrong. Chelsea doesn't meet Hense until she goes looking for her mom who disappeared years before. Chelsea finds out her dad had been lying to her about past events, so she runs away to try to find her mom. During which she finds out her mom wasn't exactly who she thought she was.
If you're familiar with Wuthering Heights the characters will be a familiar to you. Even the setting will have a similar feeling. Although a nightclub is a lot different from the moors. I definitely liked this book a lot more than Jane. I thought the author did a great job capturing the ambiance of Wuthering Heights  and giving it a modern twist. I love how the author let the story be told through Catherine as well as Chelsea. It helps the audience to see parallels between mother and daughter as well as their differences. I was thoroughly captivated while reading this story. I'm so glad I decided to give this book a try. If you like Wuthering Heights, you'll like this book. Even if you don't, you should give this book a try. I think you'll like it!

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  1. This sounds really good. I my self am kinda hoping that she might try jane austen next. Because I think that april would do a great job with it.
    Great review!!



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