Monday, February 6, 2012

Book Review: Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler

Title: Bittersweet

Author: Sarah Ockler

Synopsis: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....


a.) Characters: 4/5 score.  Hudson was definitely a typical teen.  She wanted a dream life, was stuck in a hard life, and was often fantasizing about two particular oh-so-hot boys.  Hudson feels her past defines her.  When this second chance is dropped in her lap, she decides to go for it, and works her ass off to achieve the impossible.  The whole time I was on the sidelines cheering her on, wanting her to succeed.  The character is easy to like at times and easy to hate at others.  The other characters are seen from her view.  All her friends and family members were people and not cardboard characters to fill space on paper.  

b.) Plot: 4/5 score.  Right in the beginning you learn of a difficult part of her past.  A second chance comes along, and the story centers on achieving the dream of all dreams for Hudson.  And as the plot thickens, the stress is real.  Soon your biting your nails wondering what could possibly happen next.  It was a sappy story, but one that I think everyone should give a shot as through Hudson’s fight, we may learn something about ourselves as well.

c.) Writing style: 4/5 score.  The style really enabled you to get inside Hudson’s head and be a teen again.  Instead of getting annoyed with the behavior, I found myself really drawn to her, sympathizing with her.  

Rating: 12/15 total

Super cute book with tasty details.  BEWARE OF THE CUPCAKES!!!  I can't make myself much more clear than that.  It was an absolute sin to have to endure all that talk about cupcakes and never get to sample any crumb from her creations.  It did however, add a spark to the book since each chapter was headed with a detailed description of a tasty treat.  Also, I gained 15 lbs just by reading this book.  There should be a warning on the cover or something.  Something like:


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