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Wuthering High (Bard Academy #1) by Cara Lockwood | Review

2:54:00 AM

Paperback
262 pages
Published July 4th 2006 by MTV Books

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 strict, it's everything you'd expect of a reform school. But all is not what it seems at Bard...
For starters, Miranda's having horrific nightmares and the nearby woods are eerily impossible to navigate. The students' lives also start to mirror the classics they're reading-tragic novels like Dracula, Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre. So Miranda begins to suspect that Bard is haunted-by famous writers who took their own lives-and she senses that not all of them are happy. Complicating things even more is the fact that Ryan Kent-a cute, smart, funny basketball player who went to Miranda's old high school-landed himself in Bard, too. And the attention he's showing Miranda is making some of the other girls white as ghosts. Something ghoulish is definitely brewing at Bard, and Miranda seems to be at the center of ominous events, but whether it's typical high school b.s. or otherworldly danger remains to be seen.


Now, What I Thought:

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 write her to develop into some young heroine that all main characters end up changing into. I did feel strong hatred towards her family because they were so blind and unfair. You see, Miranda's little sister, Lindsey is your stereotypical bratty little annoying nuisance. She blames EVERYTHING on Miranda! You would think a little sister would be sad to see her big sister shipped off to a far away school, but Lindsey? Nope.
All she can think of is stealing Miranda's shoes from her closet. That's just the sister though, the mother, yes she cares, but not enough to give her the #1 Mother of the Year award ya know?
Now for the father, at first I hated him more than anything. He was pretty unfair and no words could express how badly I felt for Miranda. He is the 100% reason she is being shipped off to Bard Academy. Not her sister, not her mother, her FATHER and Miranda thinks it's just to get rid of her. 
Now, IN Bard Academy, all the teachers go by the first initial of their last name, to keep some privacy. In this book we have the three teachers that will be important, Headmaster B, Ms. W and Coach H. Just like the summary says, the teachers are dead writers who committed suicide or at least died before they were supposed to. If you know books like Dracula, Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre then you will most likely understand the book better than most. If you don't, Lockwood takes time to explain the book and its connection to the story so don't worry. One thing in this book that I loved was the loyalty. Miranda and her friends are so loyal to each other and stick together no matter what. I will be honest with you guys, there were some parts were I found it a little boring and slow but then the action picks up again, so if you could handle one slow part then you're good :)

This was definitely a nice tribute to the classic books that we all love and read :)
This book was fantastic!!! I loved it so much! Definitely a must read!


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