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Sarah is a champion cupcake eater, coffee drinker, night person, and bookworm. When she's not writing or reading at home in the Pacific Northwest, Sarah enjoys hugging trees and road-tripping through the country with her husband, Alex.
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However, even with all the fun, there is plenty of serious business too. There's so much going on in Hudson's life-- skating, baking cupcakes at the diner, helping the diner survive, taking care of her family, and trying to balance time with her friends as she does so much-- that there's no chance that Hudson could be perfectly emotionally stable. She has plenty of angst over all the things falling apart to go along with her pent-up emotion over the betrayal mentioned in the summary. It makes for an emotional read and also helps make Hudson perfectly realistic and sympathetic, even though she totally deserved a smack at certain points for making such bad mistakes. The supporting cast is equally wonderful-- Dani, her best friend, is the perfect match for Hudson because of their differing personalities, and although I don't want to give away too much about Hudson's Potential Boys, I will say that even the infuriating one is sweet to read about because of the drama he brings.
Bittersweet is simultaneously fun, complex, and emotional, and it's snowy setting makes it perfect for winter; a proper testament to my love for it is that my biggest complaint is only that it made me want cupcakes rather badly.
Firstly, it's Sarah Ockler. She can write some great contemporary. This book, like Twenty Boy Summer, was the perfect balance of serious and fun. Hudson is definitely facing some obstacles. She's in way over her head, but she is witty and just utterly likeable. I laughed out loud on several occasions!
Secondly, I loved, loved, loved the restaurant aspects of the story. Hudson's Mom owns a dinner and Hudson makes her cupcakes there. She also moonlights as a waitress, much to her dismay. The reason I loved all that is because I was a waitress for 5 years. Starting when I was 17. I had a love hate relationship with it (mostly hate, though). But it was so fun to see all the restaurant terms used, like back of the house, sidework, and the water in the lap trick. It brought back lots of memories and made the book even more fun for me.
Thirdly, there's hockey boys. I'm from the South where hockey is nearly unheard of. It was fantastic to get to have lots of hockey talk and...well boys. I love that Hudson really didn't know what she wanted when it came to these boys. That felt really realistic to me. She'S 17 and never even had a boyfriend so of course she's confused. I loved the entire romantic storyline. I was never once frustrated. It was just fun to sit back and see how it played out.
There are lots of other reasons I loved this book, but I'm going to keep them short: There's ice skating. The cupcake chapter titles were marvelous. There are lots of delicious sounding cupcakes. There's a awesome best friend and a even more awesome little brother. It's a perfect wintery read. There's lots of kissing. There's even a hamster. Really you guys, just read this book. You will not regret it!
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?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Here's the thing. I sort-of forgot how this ended and I was prepared to review it with something under 3 stars, but before I could permanently seal this little book's fate, I... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Peach @ Rebelle Reads
Hudson Avery is feeling trapped and frustrated. Three years ago when she was fourteen, in a moment of anger and annoyance toward her father and his adultery, she threw her ice... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Heidi
Do not read on an empty stomach! Or with no sweets, preferably cupcakes, around! You've been warned. I found myself yelling at Hudson a lot. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Elyse
I loved Twenty Boy Summer & Fixing Delilah, so I couldn't wait to read Sarah Ockler's next book. This one was a let down for me, though. Read morePublished 9 months ago by NG238
Hudson Avery used to be an all-star figure skater destined for greatness. Now, after throwing a competition after the discovery that her father was cheating on her mom, she has... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Molly the Librarian
This book is absolutely lovely. The main character is deeply relatable, and her voice is funny as hell. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Just Molly
What a drag.
Hudson Avery works in her divorced mother's diner and takes care of her little 7 year old brother on the side. Read more
A tale of self-discovery, friendship and shifting relationships, Bittersweet utterly captivated me. When Hudson Avery botches her chance at professional ice skating, and her... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Books4Tomorrow
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