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Monday, February 20, 2012

Review: Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler

Released: January 3, 2012
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Rated: YA
Buy: Amazon
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 thought

I 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.

My Rating

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Anonymous said...

Great review! I loved this book as well. :)

Nerd Girls at Books to the Sky

Candace said...

Sarah Ockler is certainly an amazing writer. I had a bit of a hard time with this one at first but I think it was mostly because of my mood. In the end I enjoyed it but didn't LOVE it.

Enchanted by Books said...

This book has been in my TBR pile a while and I haven't read it yet. I adored her first book Twenty Boy Summer. It's one of my favorite books ever. This one isn't really calling to me but I am hoping it will be good.

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