Review: Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler
Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler
January 3, 2012
Once upon a time, Hudson knew exactly what her future looked like. Then a betrayal changed her life, and knocked her dreams to the ground. Now she’s a girl who doesn’t believe in second chances… a girl who stays under the radar by baking cupcakes at her mom’s diner and obsessing over what might have been.
So when things start looking up and she has another shot at her dreams, Hudson is equal parts hopeful and terrified. Of course, this is also the moment a cute, sweet guy walks into her life…and starts serving up some seriously mixed signals. She’s got a lot on her plate, and for a girl who’s been burned before, risking it all is easier said than done.
It’s time for Hudson to ask herself what she really wants, and how much she’s willing to sacrifice to get it. Because in a place where opportunities are fleeting, she knows this chance may very well be her last….
The first time I saw the synopsis for BITTERSWEET, I was sold. The premise sounded so sweet and being a sugar addict, I am for any book with goodies in them. The Cupcake Queen Hudson sure won me over, as well! To top it all off, Sarah Ockler has such a way with words! I don’t know how to describe it. She knows just what to say and how to say it. If you’re a fan of Sarah Ockler or if you haven’t even read a book from her, I can guarantee that you will fall in love with BITTERSWEET.
Hudson is one of those protagonists that you can’t help but root for. She isn’t at all perfect and has gone through quite a bit in her life that isn’t so good. When she set aside her ice skates the day her dad left, her role went from champion skater to champion cupcake maker and family keeper together. I don’t think family keeper together is even a word but it definitely sums up her life!
Hudson gives up so much for her family. While she would love to have a life of her own and move out of Watonka, it just isn’t possible with the circumstances in her family and her finances. She even put aside skating so as not to remind her mother of its connection to her long-gone husband. Even though Hudson complains about it, I can tell that she loves her mother and her brother Bug and making cupcakes. They are her life, while she may not wish it had turned out in such a way.
My favorite scenes in the book are the moments when she “trains” the hockey team, the Wolves. They are definitely one rowdy and entertaining bunch. Their antics never get old and they are so hilarious with Hudson. My number one hockey player would have to be Josh. He is such a cutie and he has so much chemistry with Hudson. Did I mention how adorable he is??
If that isn’t enough, the chapter titles will do you in! All of them are cupcake “names” and set the tone for what to expect for Hudson. My favorite title is definitely “No One Wants to Kiss a Girl Who Smells Like Bacon, So I Might as Well Get Fat Cupcakes”. It shows Hudson’s sarcastically sweet personality, that’s for sure!
Full of laugh-out-loud moments and a romance that will make your toes curl, BITTERSWEET is a YA for the keeper shelf.