Publisher: Andersen Press
Released: July 7th, 2011
Grade rating: B/B+
Passion, the Yorkshire moors, a wild and handsome stranger... sound familiar? When Robert arrives in town with his dark good looks and mysterious background, Emily has a huge crush! It’s almost enough to take her mind off this year’s school play... miserable, wailing Wuthering Heights. But Robert is no prince, with his black moods and fierce temper. The beautiful untamed moors would be the perfect backdrop to their fiery romance, if only Emily could work it out. On stage or off stage, will Emily ever be the Cathy to his Heathcliff?
It feels like I waited AGES for a new Kay Woodward book. I thoroughly enjoyed her teen debut, Jane Airhead, and Wuthering Hearts was well worth the wait. It's a fast, fun, romantic read with humorous characters and one or two embarrassing situations. Oh, to be a teenager again!
Set in the moors of Yorkshire, England, Wuthering Hearts follows the life of Emily. She's crushing on an attractive new boy, reading Wuthering Heights and trying to act it out in her school play. Sound like a recipe for disaster? It very nearly is!
I think Kay Woodward is one of the funniest British authors out there. Her writing is witty and her humour blunt, not to mention quite northern in this book. Being from up north myself, I appreciated the laughs and references. I think we need more books set outside London - I'm sure there are many stories to be told about the rest of the UK!
Wuthering Hearts is a charming book about romance, friendship and Cathy and Heathcliff. It's short and sweet, but by 'eck will it make you laugh. There's nothing like a deserted Yorkshire moor to inspire an angsty teenage love story, and that's exactly what you'll get here!
Author Interview: Kay Woodward
Hello! Thanks ever so much for interviewing me on Wondrous Reads – I’m delighted to be here.
Can you tell us 5 random facts about yourself?
My favourite foods are cheese, chilli, chocolate and curry.
I know nine words of Russian: yes, no, please, thank you, Red Square, goodbye and summer.
I rarely leave the house without wearing at least one item of navy blue clothing.
I can’t click my fingers.
I have a mortal fear of bungee jumping.
I agree with your fear of bungee jumping - eek! You've now written Jane Airhead and Wuthering Hearts for older readers. Which classic do you plan to pay homage to next?
There are SO many to choose from. I’ve always had a soft spot for Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – Jo March is one of my favourite heroines ever. I love her dream of being an author and her talent for putting her foot in it – which is something I’m very good at. ;-)
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen has been done a million times (well, er, at least twice), but that would be a stonker. Oh, and Northanger Abbey (also by Austen) is very tempting too. It’s a mad, gothic tale – totally riveting.
If you could only choose one classic book to read for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
It would be Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. I always longed to be Jane when I was younger and meet my own Mr Rochester, who would of course leap out of mist on a stallion. (He actually appeared in a brown Mini 1275GT, but that worked too.) It’s the reason I wrote Jane Airhead and then Wuthering Hearts and the book I’ve read more times than any other. I even have three copies of it, which on bookshelves as rammed as mine is pretty good going.
I've never read Jane Eyre. Will look into it. Like characters in your new book, do you have any embarrassing school play stories you can share?
Yes. When I was eleven, our school put on a play of Cinderella. But instead of casting me in the lead role that I so wanted, they made me … an ugly sister. And, because it was a musical too, they also made me and the other ugly sister sing this:
The icing on the cake was that they made me wear orange flares on stage and because the zip broke halfway through the actual performance, I had to spend the rest of it hanging onto the zip for dear life. Because if there’s one thing more embarrassing than being a singing, dancing ugly sister… it’s your trousers falling down.
Ha, brilliant! *laughs uncontrollably* You also write the Skate School stories for smaller people. Can you actually skate?
I can skate in a straight line and round corners. I can do a triple Salchow perfectly in my head – we’re talking 6.0 scores here – but I haven’t attempted it on ice yet. I wouldn’t want to show all the other skaters up, you see. ;-)
Now for the important question: are you Team Edward or Team Jacob? Choose your answer carefully... ;)
But there’s only one answer, surely? Team Edward. Always.
I'm proud that I didn't even need to bribe you to answer that way! :D Lastly, please recommend us some YA books we *have* to read!
Ooh, there are so many to choose from! But here are three that I’ve read recently and LOVED.
When I Was Joe by Keren David – totally riveting read about a boy who witnesses a crime and has to go into witness protection. I read it in one go.
Wonderland by Joanna Nadin – one of the most beautifully written books I’ve ever read. Fabulous, gritty stuff.
Split by a Kiss by Luisa Plaja – this is another one that I read in a single sitting. It’s a quirky, romantic comedy, with a hint of magic. Gorgeous.
Be sure to stop by The Squeee tomorrow for the next stop on Kay's blog tour!