Book Review: Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler

Rating: StarStar

Genre: Young Adult > Contemporary

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…

*****

Thank goodness for Bug, Josh and Dani, or else i’ll be trashing this book completely. Hudson has no balls, so to speak. and what an awful, awful friend! Bittersweet started out good for me (esp her first meeting with Josh). Then lets-make-out-with-Will episodes came in. followed by i-like-Josh-but-Will’s-here-so-let’s-make-out-some-more scenes. And after all she’s been through to get back to skating, she realized it was not her dream in the end. Screw you, Hudson Avery! Grrr.

I like Ockler’s writing. It was so easy to get into. But the story was unbearable! Let’s see: Hudson wants to get back to skating. In the process, she disses her best friend (dissing friends is her hobby), disappoints her mom, and completely abandons her brother (just to sneak into a New Year’s Eve party!). All this, while baking to-die-for cupcakes, flirting with Josh, and… oh! tonsil-hockeying with Will. and yeah, a little skating practice here and there. Yet, when skating stares at her head-on, she bails. Again. WTF.

If Hudson making a fool out of herself was not enough, her Mom and friends at the diner gives her crap when she finally decides to pursue her so-called dream, skating. Great way to appreciate Hudson, Mom.

I believe this is my first book that i would like to be rewritten. Major overhaul on the plot, please. Gah. There are swoon moments, yes, and Josh is… let’s just say i’ll give him my kidneys too if he wants it. :)

Bittersweet. Three parts bitter, two parts sweet. Man, i was ready to fall in love! Sigh. Hudson ruined it for me.

C’mon, Bug, how about you and I play with Mr. Napkins, instead?

  

3 thoughts on “Book Review: Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler

  1. I have this book on my tbr, I was really looking forward to reading it, but now my expectations have gone down, good thing as it surely would’ve disappointed otherwise.

    • Hi Amz! Well, if you really dig contemporary romance, you can still give bittersweet a chance. at least you’ve been warned. ;)i guess, it’s not for me. thank you!

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