Review: Catherine

Apr •  20 •  2013
Review: CatherineCatherine by April Lindner
Series: Stand Alone
Published by Poppy on January 2nd 2013
Genres: Young Adult-Contemporary
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Netgalley
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A forbidden romance. A modern mystery. Wuthering Heights as you’ve never seen it before.

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.

I love this author. The has such a beautiful way of taking classics stories, re-taling them with such vivid imagination and so modern, I can’t help but fall in love.

The characters of the story is what I enjoyed most. Going from past to present, Chelsea has stumbled upon a letter, going in search for answer. I adored Chelsea. This girl got guts. Not letting anything slip away from her, she takes her chance in searching for answer shes always longed for. She is strong, confident, and very smart. I like that while Chelsea is looking for answer, she is unknowingly walking the same path her mother did. It was sort of ironic, to see Chelsea do this. In the end, it helped her find her mom.

The love interest…I felt I wanted more. Being that a majority of the time the story focus on Chelsea and her mom, there is not really time for romance to build up. The friendship/romance that did happen, gave the story small moments of escape for the chaos that Chelsea came upon.

Catherine is a story just as good as the classic. Smart and witty, Catherine is a nice modern enhancement that anyone can enjoy.  An amazing story, Catherine is excellent.

I give it 5 BITES!


Happy Reading!




  1. Jen @ YA Romantics
    Apr 21, 2013

    I’m not often a fan of books that shift back and forth between the past and the present, but in this story I loved it! I couldn’t decide which story I liked best, Catherine’s or Chelsea’s!

  2. Retellings! Love them. Oh and this one sounds like a winner. So adding it to the list!

  3. Candace
    Apr 22, 2013

    I’m glad you loved this one! I have a copy of it but I loaned it out so I’m not sure when I’ll be able to read it, but when I get it back I’ll be excited to pick it up!