Catherine by April Lindner | DNF Review

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Catherine by April Lindner | DNF ReviewCatherine by April Lindner
Also by this author: Jane
on January 1, 2013
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Romance, Classics, Social Themes, Dating & Sex
Pages: 320
Format: eBook
Source: Library, Publisher
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ISBN: 9780316214711

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 delivers a fresh retelling of the Emily Brontë classic Wuthering Heights, interweaving a timeless forbidden romance with a captivating modern mystery.


Catherine by April Lindner is essentially a retelling of Wuthering Heights but for a modern era of teenagers. The premise is that it is told in dual storylines. We have the modern day story which follows this girl Chelsea as she runs away from home to go to this club in NYC called The Underground. There, she hopes to find out why her mother left her when she was a toddler. The other storyline follows a girl named Catherine who is growing up at The Underground which is owned by her father. Catherine makes friends with this guy Hence who works at the Underground but also happens to be a broody musician. Of course, Catherine is  Chelsea’s mother. And well, that’s about as far as I got – Chelsea meeting Hence and Catherine having a shady experience at The Underground.


I got to page 96 of 320.


So, I am at the point in my life where I feel like I have to like the characters that I am reading about. Honestly I could give a rat’s ass about any of these people. Like, Catherine is a boring studious person who just starts to embrace her wild side. Hence is terrible on the whole. Chelsea is a person I can’t get a good read on. Like, she has one friend and she’s making bad life choices. Catherine ABANDONED HER TODDLER to fix some wrongs? What the actual hell.

Okay, so maybe I am just a little sensitive to that as a toddler mom and maybe if I read this when it actually came out my feelings would be 100% different. Oh and also, I had previously read a YA contemporary book just before this where the dialogue crackled off the page and I was loving every minute rather than slowly dreading my time with the book (like this one).


I think that people who are obsessed with retellings of classic stories would like this book. Also, people who haven’t been spoiled by YA contemporary books with amazing friend groups and all kinds of dialogue. Like, if you don’t need books with solid friend groups, hats off to you, you’re going to love this one. For me though, it just did not work. I guess it was just read at the wrong place in my life.



About April (Books&Wine)

April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

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