Monday, 13 February 2012

Review: Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler

Title: Bittersweet
Author: Sarah Ockler
Source: Galley Grab
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: USA:Jan 3rd 2012|UK:3rd Jan 2012
Tell Me About It
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….

[from goodreads]
My Thoughts
This is the perfect book for me to read, cupcakes, ice skating and ice hockey. I can't skate to save my life due to balance issues and fears of losing fingers, but I love anything to do with it.

Hudson Avery intentionally throws an ice skating competition in the hopes it will keep her family together, but it doesn't and her Father ends up leaving her Mother. The family end up downsizing and working together to keep things running and a roof over their heads.
Hudson receives a letter in the mail about a scholarship and she sees this as her chance to get out of Watonka, New York. She makes a deal with the hockey team, she will teach them techniques in exchange for ice time to practise her skating, and ends up falling for one of the players but begins a relationship with another. With the competition closing in Hudson has to make a decision that will not only affect the rest of her life, but also her friends and family.

Bittersweet is the first book I have read by Sarah Ockler and I could not put it down, I managed to finish this book in one day, even while trying to move into a new house. It was easy to fall into the lives of the people of Watonka and empathise with what they were feeling or going through. The characters Sarah has created are believable and likable and you can see this happening in real life. Although there is only a small collection of characters and places they visit I never felt like it was too boring or too little information and anything that was spoken about was described with enough detail to be able to imagine it.
If you have never read a book by Sarah then this is a book that you need to pick up and I will be looking for more books by Sarah to read.

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