May 27, 2011

Retro Friday (15): The Scarlet Letterman by Cara Lockwood

Retro Friday
Retro Friday is a weekly meme hosted at Angieville and focuses on reviewing books from the past. This can be an old favorite, an under-the-radar book you think deserves more attention, something woefully out of print, etc. Everyone is welcome to join in at any time! 

This week I chose The Scarlet Letterman by Cara Lockwood, you can check out my original review here.

Scarlet Letterman

At First Sight: Miranda Tate is back at Bard Academy for her second semester of sophomore year. Things should be good this time around, as she is now the official girlfriend of one Ryan Kent - the star of the basketball team, and one of the most popular guys at Bard. Miranda even has Ryan's jacket to prove it. 

But Bard wouldn't be Bard if things were easy. First, people are speculating about how far Miranda went (or let Ryan go) to get  the jacket. Miranda's nemesis Parker is trying to get her in trouble. And she hasn't heard from Heathcliff in weeks, but that isn't stopping her from constantly thinking about him, even with Ryan as her boyfriend. 

Then, to top it all off, there is a man stalking the woods surrounding Bard and attacking people... a man that could very well be Heathcliff.

Second Glance: The Scarlet Letterman picks up a few weeks after the ending of Wuthering High and, by now, the cat is out of the bag and Miranda knows who the teachers really are. 

But that is only one of the many secrets being kept at Bard Academy, and there is a new mystery at school and the gang - Miranda, Blade, Hanna and Samir -get together to solve it and save the day. 

The structure of the book is quite similar to that of the first one, but I still liked it. I find the characters so engaging and fun, like they are my friends, so I had a great time hanging out with them once again. I love how the books are so literary and cleaver. And I confess that the first time I read i, I had now clue who the baddie was, and that was awesome.

I just wished there was more Heathcliff.

Bottom Line: Funny and fresh, I love the Scarlet Letterman, perhaps not as much as I love Wuthering High, but I still raced through it, excited to get to the end. And I think Cara Lockwood does a great job balancing the fun, the mundane aspects of school and the mystery.

Favorite Quote: They are all too spoilery!
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