ARC REVIEW: Catherine, by April Lindner

Date(s) read
: December 23, 2012
Genre: YA Classics Retelling

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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.

My Thoughts

Thank you to Hachette Book Group Canada for a copy of this book for review!

Earlier in 2012, I read April Lindner’s book Jane, which is based on the classic Jane Eyre. I remember really liking it and wanting to read the classic the instant I finished. Well, time has gone by and I still haven’t read the book that started it all, but I have read a new April Lindner book – Catherine, based on Wuthering Heights. There’s just something about these books that gets me itching to read the classics with every turn of the page. It’s a wonderful feeling!

Of course, I had already read Wuthering Heights in university and I remember really loving it – it was one of my favourite classics reads and one I’ve been meaning to reread one of these days. I just loved the forbidden romance between Heathcliff and Catherine – I mean, it inspired songs, so it has to be good, right?

Catherine was a great read. The instant I started reading it, I knew it was an April Lindner book, which I loved – it’s great to know the little bits that make an author who they are, and being able to pick out these bits in their books, like a signature. For one thing, music is front and center in this book, just as it was in her previous read. In fact, I even caught the mention of the rocker Nico Rathburn in the opening pages and reminisced about the previous book. Music is such a great thing in Lindner’s books. I love reading about the bands and the sounds. In this book, especially, I loved reading about the The Underground, a famous music club in Manhattan. Continue reading

BOOK REVIEW: The God of Small Things, by Arundhati Roy

RELEASE DATE: June 1, 1998
PUBLISHER: Vintage Canada (an imprint of Random House)
FORMAT: Paperback
SOURCE: Purchased
CHALLENGE: 2012 Mount TBR Reading Challenge

The year is 1969. In the state of Kerala, on the southernmost tip of India, fraternal twins Esthappen and Rahel fashion a childhood for themselves in the shade of the wreck that is their family. Their lonely, lovely mother, Ammu, (who loves by night the man her children love by day), fled an abusive marriage to live with their blind grandmother, Mammachi (who plays Handel on her violin), their beloved uncle Chacko (Rhodes scholar, pickle baron, radical Marxist, bottom-pincher), and their enemy, Baby Kochamma (ex-nun and incumbent grandaunt). 

When Chacko’s English ex-wife brings their daughter for a Christmas visit, the twins learn that Things Can Change in a Day. That lives can twist into new, ugly shapes, even cease forever, beside their river…


I really wanted to like this book more than I did. This was a book chosen for my monthly book club and I was quite happy that it was chosen because it had been sitting on my shelf for quite some time, without me having given it a second glance whenever I’d go to pick out something to read. Continue reading

BOOK REVIEW: The Old Man and The Sea, by Ernest Hemingway

Released: 1952 (Scribner Publishing)
Source: Purchased
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The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway’s most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal—a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Here Hemingway recasts, in strikingly contemporary style, the classic theme of courage in the face of defeat, of personal triumph won from loss. Written in 1952, this hugely successful novella confirmed his power and presence in the literary world and played a large part in his winning the 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature.

My Thoughts

With most books that are deemed “classics,” I find myself really wanting to like them. In university, I took a lot of courses on classic novels (I loved to read, what can I say?) and read some real gems. The Old Man and The Sea was not a book I had to read in university, but one that I picked up from the used bookstore. It’s a short read–a novella–and I figured it would be quick and painless, just one more book to cross off of my TBR list. Continue reading