Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Review: Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler

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... (taken from goodreads.com)

My Rating: 4/5 Stars 
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Okay, before getting into the nitty gritty of the novel, can we talk about how there is what seems to be a cookie on the cover? Why? Hudson bakes CUPCAKES. You know, those adorable mini cakes with icing on top? Would it really have been that difficult to get an actual cupcake on the cover...? 

That minor detail aside, let's talk about the actual story. Right off the bat, Bittersweet presents several original ideas. For once, the heroine isn't just another one of those "I'm nothing special" teenage girls (aka the Bella Swan syndrome, for lack of a better term). Hudson is something special. Not only does she have an incredible talent for whipping up delicious cupcakes, but she's also a nationally recognized ice skater. At least, she was before her parents split up and she decided to quit. 


I think a lot of us have that one hobby we always kind of wished we'd pursued more. Hudson embodies that teenager in us who never really gave up on a dream, even if she did quit for a few years. Her spunky personality and goal-driven mindset instantly make her a likable character, even if she does have more than a few moments of immaturity. 


Sarah Ockler's novel, Twenty Boy Summer, earned her a spot as one of my favorite authors. She's got a real knack for spinning cute romances mixed with more serious topics, like divorce and self-confidence issues. I couldn't help but cheer for Hudson as she strived to balance her family life with her dreams of achieving greatness on the ice, as well as her budding romance with a certain hockey player. 


The plethora of cupcake descriptions in this novel had my mouth watering every few pages. Note to self: try to bake at least a few of the amazing cakes described in this book.... 


A dash of first love, a few sprinkles of self-discovery, and a whole lot of cupcakes make Bittersweet a thoroughly enjoyable novel. I had fun with the characters, and it took me less than a day to finish this sweet story. Definitely recommended. 



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