Sunday, February 12, 2012

Ivy's Review on Bittersweet

Author: Sarah Ockler (@sarahockler)
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: January 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 378
Source: Pulse It
Rating: Escapable
Challenge: 2012 Inside the Covers
Extras: Trailer, Facebook
Seek: Amazon, Goodreads
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 . . .
The cover was the reason I wanted to read this book. I saw something sweet on the cover and wanted it. Looks good enough to eat and I also love the winter theme which goes along with the story. The broken cookie, to me, represents Hudson's life split in two different girls. The responsible daughter who helps out at the diner by making cupcakes, and the ice skater who wants to follow her dreams.
“How do I look? Think Josh has a good view of the show?”

“Perfect. I didn’t even have to buy tickets.”

Um . . . why does Dani suddenly sound like a dude?
I didn't know what to expect from this book, because it's been awhile since I sat down and read a teen romance novel. I love mystery books and a few paranormal (faeries!) so, I decided to give some normal teenager books a try. Bittersweet caught my eye right away! I mean it's a cookie on the cover, who wouldn't want to read that? Overall, I am glad I picked this up, and now I am a fan of Sarah's because this book was so funny and sweet!

The story starts off three years ago when Hudson discovers a bra that isn't hers, in her pile of clean clothes. She goes to her mother and hands her the bra. The bra doesn't belong to her mom either, so we all know that Hudson's dad is cheating on her mom. The parents have been fighting for awhile, but Hudson knew once her mom saw the bra, it was the final straw. Unlucky for Hudson, this happened before her big skate competition. If this happened to me, I would probably never went up and skate. Hudson does skate, but she doesn't skate to her full potential and she loses.

And now in the future, her dad and mom are divorced, and her mom runs a full-time diner. Hudson isn't famous for skating anymore. She is now famous for her creative ideas revolving around cupcakes! Every chapter gives you a cupcake name, and the ingredients for that cupcake. I bought the book because well, I really want to try the Cupcake Queen's cupcakes! They sound so delicious in the book, my mouth was watering whenever they were mention.

Even though Hudson enjoys making cupcakes, she still dreams of being a big time skater. She skates secretly on a lake, knowing her mom would be upset if she knew. What Hudson doesn't expect is the boy she crashes into. Josh Blackthorn can see Hudson is really good at skating, and asks for her help. He plays on a hockey team and the team isn't doing so well for the past couple of years. She plans to help him for some skate time in a regular skating rink, but it ends up her helping out the whole entire hockey team. 

Her life gets really busy in this book, I felt really bad for her. Not only is she skating, she's making cupcakes, babysitting her brother, and her mom asks for her help at the diner, no wonder she has some problems with time hanging out with her friend or boys. 

Sarah did a really amazing job with making Hudson's character because she felt so realistic and I connected with her on so many levels. Even the secondary characters were realistic, it felt like I was watching a movie like Ice Princess mixed with The Mighty Ducks, which I ended up watching both after I was done with this book.

I say definitely check this book out, especially now since the book is around winter time and it makes a wonderful, cozy read.
For more info on Bittersweet or Sarah, just check out her website.


  1. Ice Princess, oh I love that movie! This book sounds so cute and you mentioning the cookie just made me eager to read this more. I've been wanting to read Sarah Ockler's books and I think I'll start with this one. :) Nicely reviewed!

  2. I just got this book and I can't wait to read it. It sounds so good. Fab review!!

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