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Gr 9 Up–Three years have passed since Hudson Avery's parents divorced and her dream of skating professionally disappeared as quickly as her father's exit to the southwest. Now she's living in the snow-ravaged, dead-end town of Watonka, NY, and baking cupcakes at her mom's diner. As she enters her senior year of high school, the teenager's desire to skate again resurfaces with the announcement of a cash prize competition and a strange twist of events that lead her to coach the varsity hockey team in exchange for ice time. As she becomes more involved with the team, the two co-captains vie for Hudson's attention and she has to choose between the charismatic and charming Will and the sweet and sensitive Josh. Hudson has a lot of decisions to make, and making one often leads to a bittersweet ending and another opportunity. Ariadne Meyers does a great job of voicing all the characters in Ockler's novel (Simon Pulse, 2012) and conveying just the right tone for Hudson's innermost thoughts and daydreams. She nails the sarcasm and snark of the teenagers, their preferred method of communication in the novel, and she easily switches her tone to convey Hudson as vulnerable and sensitive. A good pick for libraries looking to add to their realistic teen romantic comedy collections.–Jennifer Mann, Cromaine District Library, MIα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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"An entertaining read with an engaging, relatable protagonist. Hudson's lively first-person narrative is both wry and sympathetic, and it incorporates issues ranging from self-discovery to family and relationship complexities, along with identifying and following your dreams." --Booklist 
"Ockler concocts an appetizing blend of personalities, drama, and passion in a story of bitter disappointments and sweet successes... [Hudson's] love of the sport is deeply felt, and her regrets about the past and her fears about the future are heart-wrenchingly real." --Publishers Weekly
"Bittersweet is a book worth recommending." --School Library Journal

Product Details

  • File Size: 1769 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1442430354
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; Reprint edition (January 3, 2012)
  • Publication Date: January 3, 2012
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0061PHRQS
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #397,591 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sarah Ockler is the bestselling author of The Summer of Chasing Mermaids, #scandal, The Book of Broken Hearts, Bittersweet, Twenty Boy Summer, and Fixing Delilah. Her books have been translated into several languages and have received numerous accolades, including ALA's Best Fiction for Young Adults, Girls' Life Top 100 Must Reads, Indie Next List, and nominations for YALSA Teens' Top Ten and NPR's Top 100 Teen Books.

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.

Visit her website at sarahockler.com or find her on Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Khy on January 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Settings are one of my absolute favorite things about any book, and because they are often underutilized, I always jump at the ones that are well done, including this one. The snowy setting makes Hudson's dilemmas seem even more isolating and serious, especially as she tries to decided just how much to tell everyone around her. The snowy setting also makes for incredibly fun subplots, mainly Hudson's own ice skating and the inclusion of her interaction with the boys' hockey team. The boys are so delightfully crazy and funny, especially around Hudson, that I couldn't help but always be amused when they were around.

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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lori VINE VOICE on January 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book was after my heart from the start (I'm a poet!). It won it over very quickly, too. Then it was all giggles and cupcakes for the rest of the book. Really, I just loved this book. Let me count the ways:

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!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Maria @ Bookchilla on June 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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?
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