Publisher: Simon Pulse
Hudson can't wait to get out of Watonka, her working-class town outside of Buffalo. Once upon a time, her talent as a skater was going to be her ticket out... but when her parents' marriage unraveled three years ago, so did her dreams. Now, she buries herself in making cupcakes for her mom's diner and imagining her parallel life where she went on to skate to glory. But when she gets a letter inviting her to audition for a skating scholarship *and* the hockey team asks for her help with their technique (read: free ice time for Hudson), it's impossible to ignore the signs. Is she ready to get back on the ice? Could this be her ticket out? Hudson's determined not to let anything stand in her way. But between baking and waitressing at the diner, the love triangle that's developing with two outrageously cute hockey boys, and the simmering drama with her best friend, her future is anything but certain...
What I thoughtI bought this on a whim, because I recognized the cover for one of my YA challenges. The description was pretty vague (the first one, anyway) and after I had bought it I had started to have buyers remorse. But luckily, I gave it a shot, although it was several days later. And I really enjoyed it. But I have to admit, I wouldn't have hesitated if I had read the more detailed description.
This was a tough read. I really did feel for Hudson in this. She's in a difficult spot. She struggles with a lot of things and she feels real. She's far from perfect. And that's what I like about her. Sometimes I get a little frustrated when authors don't let their characters show their vulnerability. But Ockler isn't afraid to show her characters weakness. Bittersweet shines because of it.
I have been eying other Sarah Ockler books. After this one, I'm definitely adding her other books to my wishlist.
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