Thursday, January 12, 2012

Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler Review

Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler book coverBittersweet
By Sarah Ockler

Jan. 3, 2012
Simon Pulse, 384 pages
Source: Publisher

From the author of Twenty Boy Summer, a teen pushes the limits to follow her dreams—and learns there’s a fine line between bitter and sweet...

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....

— description

The galley version of this book had a different cover and a different title, but wow I'm happy they changed it -- "bittersweet" is the perfect word for this book. And the cover is simple and sweet. It sort of reminds me of Sara Zarr's Sweethearts, no?

Hudson's life is pretty tough -- her dad ran off with a She-Elvis, her former best friend hates her, her dream of being a figure skater is long gone and her mom is making her work long hours at the family diner. So, you see where the "bitter" comes in.

But there's a hockey-playing boy who gets her back on the ice, and her passion for baking cupcakes gets her creativity stirring again, and it's so so so "sweet."

I completely enjoyed this book. Bittersweet is a lovely, romantic winter story that made me want to bundle up, spend some time in the snow...then run inside for some hot chocolate and a cupcake. Or two. Or three. A total delight.

Anna Reads young adult book blog


  1. so strange! I just posted an entry on another book also called bittersweet... haha

    This sounds really cute though. Maybe I should check it out.


  2. This book sounds like a really perfect light read. I love all the sweetness, with the bitterness added in. I just watched the book trailer and it looks evern more cute! The new cover is adorable too. Fabulous review, thanks!

  3. Loved this book! Great review (:

  4. I just biought this one. I love books with a winter setting, probably becauase I live in the south whete it's common to have 80 degree days in December.

  5. I definitely can't wait to read this one! I mean, it's got sweets involved and that cover looks cute ;)

  6. I'm a former figure skater, so I'm a bit of a sucker for stories that find ways to work it in :) Thanks for the review.

  7. I agree! I love the simple cover :)

    This isn't a typical "Glitter" read, but I may need something along these lines after plowing through the Mortal Instuments! Thanks for the review!

  8. I want to eat this book cover, number one.
    Number two, FIGURE SKATING?!?
    Number three, I think I'll read this next-ish.

  9. I feel like Sarah Ockler can always be counted on to write a sweet, lovely, feel-good read. ^_^

  10. This was indeed a perfect wintery read! I'll have to update my review with a photo of small sasha in a skating dress. :)

  11. How cute is this review. I haven't been feeling too big into contemps lately but this makes me feel like I should pick it up. If only for a cozy winter story here in FL.

  12. Gahhhh I loved this book so much! Especially the cupcakes. And the hockey boys. ;)

  13. This sounds lovely. I'll have to pick up a copy! :)


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