thought the first one was better but i still ripped through this one just as fast. Though I don't agree with the age appropriate of 9-12. Definitely for older kids!
Reviewed by Jocelyn Pearce for TeensReadToo.com
THE SCARLET LETTERMAN continues the adventures of Miranda Tate and her friends at Bard Academy. When WUTHERING HIGH ended, Miranda, Blade, Hana, and Samir had discovered that the faculty of the school for juvenile delinquents that the four of them attend are not just weirdos who like to torture kids on an island in the middle of nowhere. They're the ghosts of famous authors who died, mostly by their own hands, before their times.
Miranda and the other students of Bard Academy are being taught by Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf, Mary Shelley, and Charlotte Bronte, among others. Of course, this is not something they can go around sharing with people, not even other students. Miranda and her three friends have to keep it to themselves.
That's why, when weird things start happening, they find themselves involved. The other kids have their theories, but none are so well-informed as Miranda, Samir, Blade, and Hana. Around the campus, there are weird sightings of "monsters," and a Hooded Sweatshirt Stalker whose face no one has seen. When one of the teachers disappears, things are definitely getting serious.
Miranda can't help but think Heathcliff, the fictional character who escaped from the book WUTHERING HEIGHTS, might be involved. Perhaps, though, that's just wishful thinking...
Not that she should be doing any wishful thinking at all about Heathcliff. She's got a boyfriend. And not just any boyfriend; she's the envy of half the school (the female half) when she wears hottie Ryan Kent's letter jacket.
It's not enough to just deal with figuring out the Hooded Sweatshirt Stalker, is it? Of course not, not for Miranda. She's also got to deal with regular school and social issues (though at a school for delinquents, she fears threats from Parker Rodham may not be so empty as they might have been back at home). On top of everything, she's facing some hostility from faculty members because of her knowledge of what goes on at Bard. She can't help but feel the key to it all would be to figure out what's going on, and she'd better do it fast, before someone gets hurt.
This is a great sequel to a great first novel! THE SCARLET LETTERMAN is a ton of fun to read; in fact, I sat down after getting home and read it in one afternoon! The characters, especially Miranda's friends, are interesting and funny, and the highly original paranormal element to this story adds an extra dimension to an already fabulously entertaining read. Cara Lockwood's writing is fantastic, flowing wonderfully and keeping the reader's attention throughout. There's plenty of suspense in this story, and the ending is open enough to allow for a sequel that readers will be dying to get their hands on while still tying up a lot of the conflict of the story, which is the kind of ending I like best! The ending of the first book was the same way. Both books could be stand-alone novels, but readers will better understand book number two if they've read WUTHERING HIGH. And who wouldn't want to read such a great book? It's certainly worth it; pick up THE SCARLET LETTERMAN!
A great follow up to Wuthering High. Again, references to drinking, drugs and sex, so not for younger children. The likable characters show growth and complexity. Fun mystery with a literary villain. Will definitely keep reading the series, recommended.
My Thoughts: Welcome back to Bard Academy!! I liked the Scarlett Letterman more than Wuthering High. I think its because we really get to know the characters better. We learn their little quirks and get to know them, really know them. This book starts out with Miranda and Ryan dating and Miranda still crushing a little bit on Heathcliff. It expands the story more and I can't wait to read the third book.
Overall: A definate read if you've read the first. Read in order. The books tie together nicely and a must read if you want to know what happened to Miranda and all her friends!!