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The Book of Broken Hearts [Kindle Edition]

Sarah Ockler
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Book Description

When all signs point to heartbreak, can love still be a rule of the road? A poignant and romantic novel from the author of Bittersweet and Twenty Boy Summer.

Jude has learned a lot from her older sisters, but the most important thing is this: The Vargas brothers are notorious heartbreakers. She’s seen the tears and disasters that dating a Vargas boy can cause, and she swore an oath—with candles and a contract and everything—to never have anything to do with one.

Now Jude is the only sister still living at home, and she’s spending the summer helping her ailing father restore his vintage motorcycle—which means hiring a mechanic to help out. Is it Jude’s fault he happens to be cute? And surprisingly sweet? And a Vargas?

Jude tells herself it’s strictly bike business with Emilio. Her sisters will never find out, and Jude can spot those flirty little Vargas tricks a mile away—no way would she fall for them. But Jude’s defenses are crumbling, and if history is destined to repeat itself, she’s speeding toward some serious heartbreak…unless her sisters were wrong?

Jude may have taken an oath, but she’s beginning to think that when it comes to love, some promises might be worth breaking.



Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up-Jude "Juju" Hernandez is significantly younger than the "Holy Trinity" of three older sisters in a close-knit Colorado-based Puerto Rican family. In the summer after her senior year of high school, Juju undertakes a project to help her father restore a beloved vintage motorcycle with the hope that this connection to his past will focus his interest and slow the progress of his early onset Alzheimer's disease. The task becomes more difficult when the best mechanic for the job turns out to be Emilio Vargas. She learned from her older sisters to steer clear of all Vargas men-they are notorious heartbreakers. The sisters have sworn to have nothing to do with any of them. But Emilio is a talented mechanic and Jude hires him. This frequently humorous and often touching coming-of-age story has lots of motorcycle details, a few sensual passages, and occasional swearing. By the end, Jude has learned to navigate her love life and sometimes overbearing family. Narrator Zilah Mendoza starts off a bit slowly, but catches the Spanish phrases and inflection throughout the story. She rises to the challenge of voicing a wide range of ages and a cheerful dog, Pancake. Suggest this to audiobook fans of thoughtful teen romance.-Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TXα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

The summer before college, Jude Hernandez is restoring a vintage motorcycle with her father in hopes that it will help with his early-onset Alzheimer’s. Jude hires Emilio to help with the restoration, but Emilio is a Vargas boy—a family Jude swore an oath to her sisters to avoid, even signing her name in the sisters’ sacred Book of Broken Hearts. As the summer wears on and Papi’s illness takes over more of his memories, Jude must come to terms with the future of her family and her heart. Ockler writes a poignant, heartbreaking tale about a family in crisis and struggling to recover the normalcy of everyday life amidst serious illness. With moments of humor and plenty of snappy dialogue between Jude and Emilio, Ockler’s characters are both smart and believable. The romance is well developed and never overshadows the book’s chief message of learning to accept the uncertainty of life. An emotional read about the power, love, and support of family. Grades 9-12. --Sarah Bean Thompson

Product Details

  • File Size: 3260 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1442430389
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; Reprint edition (May 21, 2013)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008J4N5GA
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Down to earth, touching, and highly compelling June 30, 2013
Format:Hardcover
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. The synopsis is great but holds nothing to what is inside. Sarah Ockler has filled it with such a strong and powerful story that is so unlike so many out there. I bonded easily with the characters and fell deeply into the story line. The Book of Broken Hearts is a definite read by all.

We learn that Jude is the youngest of all her siblings. Living in a household full of sisters has definitely taught her a thing or two but what she's about to embark on throughout this summer, nothing could've prepared her for. I loved how strongly bonded all of the sisters were, but still felt kind of sorry for Jude. She is the last one in the house and never got to bond as much as the others. More importantly, she was never properly inducted into the Book of Broken Hearts.

Jude had many plans for the summer but when her Papi started showing more frequent signs of his illness, she knows that he is her number one priority. Throughout the summer and her Papi's growing illness she meets Emilio Vargas. He comes to be everything that Jude needs through this difficult time. He's also the one thing that will cause her much trouble.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Yet Slow September 15, 2013
Format:Hardcover
This is my first Sarah Ockler book, but going into it I was well aware of how widely adored she is. And, after reading this book, I can honestly say that I understand why she is so greatly loved. This book had an amazing setting, a true romance, and struggles that broke your heart in two, all sprinkled with enough humor to lighten the mood.

However, I couldn't help but draw comparisons to Simone Elkeles's PERFECT CHEMISTRY. A guy and a girl who are sworn to hate each other for some reason or another. The guy is of some sort of Latin descent and uses his sexy language and amazing facial features to lure all unsuspecting women into his bed. And, as much as I loved Emilio, nobody can compare to Alex. However, while PERFECT CHEMISTRY focused solely on the racial divide between the two main character's neighborhoods, the driving force in this book is Jude's father, Papi, who is experiencing early on-set Alzheimer's at the age of fifty-two.

This aspect of the story wrenched my gut open. I had watched several documentaries on this illness when I took a psychology class in high school and every single one ended with me tearing up. This rare disease is most often hereditary and every child of someone with it has a 50% chance of saying a long good-bye to themselves. It's scary and hard to stomach as a bystander. I can't even imagine how terrible it is to watch someone you love lose themselves while you stand by helplessly. Ockler really captured this aspect of the plot perfectly and I often found myself hurting alongside Jude and her family.

I also found Jude's familial ties to be great. While there are clearly struggles because of her father's predicament, this is the way a young adult family should be. There are no absentee parents and everyone loves each other.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Alyssa
Format:Kindle Edition
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: May 21, 2013
Rating: 5 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

Summary (from Goodreads):

Jude has learned a lot from her older sisters, but the most important thing is this: The Vargas brothers are notorious heartbreakers. She's seen the tears and disasters that dating a Vargas boy can cause, and she swore an oath--with candles and a contract and everything--to never have anything to do with one.

Now Jude is the only sister still living at home, and she's spending the summer helping her ailing father restore his vintage motorcycle--which means hiring a mechanic to help out. Is it Jude's fault he happens to be cute? And surprisingly sweet? And a Vargas?

Jude tells herself it's strictly bike business with Emilio. Her sisters will never find out, and Jude can spot those flirty little Vargas tricks a mile away--no way would she fall for them. But Jude's defenses are crumbling, and if history is destined to repeat itself, she's speeding toward some serious heartbreak...unless her sisters were wrong?

Jude may have taken an oath, but she's beginning to think that when it comes to love, some promises might be worth breaking.

What I Liked:

Oh my gosh, this book is so sweet! I absolutely LOVED this book - hence the 5 star-rating! Contemporary novels have been really good this year, but this one blew me away. The romance was sweet, the plot was up and down, and the characters were so well-written! I wanted to hug this book several times, especially after finishing it. And the writing in general was superb! Ms. Ockler has a firm control of her writing style, and it is near flawless.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sofia @ Platypire Reviews March 20, 2015
By Sofia
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
"Don’t settle. . . . You see something, some chance for something great, you take it. You grab your keys and jump on your bike and go, no regrets."

I first learn about "The Book of Broken Hearts" last year from the We need diverse books campaign. I seriously should have picked it up then but held off. Big mistake! The story just captured me and I really loved it. I read it all in one day because I couldn't get enough. As a Latina it was awesome to see Spanish spoken correctly in a book and translated correctly as well. Seriously it was done beautifully and I'm also craving some South American food. Empanadas anyone? Speaking of campaigns, where's the campaign on we need more Latin book boyfriends? Cause Emilio Vargas needs to lead the list. lol.
"The Book of Broken Hearts" had me in tears and laughing out loud. I really loved the characters, the writing style and all the emotions it caused me to have.

I definitely reading more from Sarah Ockler and will highly recommend this book to fans of YA.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The novel has all the elements that I adore in my favorite...
It has been quite some time since I read a book that moved me as deeply as The Book of Broken Hearts did. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books
5.0 out of 5 stars Vargas boys are sexy ;)
I am dust.
Firstly, there is really a book of broken hearts HAHA. Secondly, contrary to popular beliefs based on the title, this book was more about Jude's dad than about... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Maryam Dinzly
5.0 out of 5 stars PERFECT! BEAUTIFUL! AMAZING!
The father-daughter relationship in this book was awe-inspiring. Jude is the youngest of four sisters and living at home. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Genesis @ GenGen's Book Blog
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart-felt coming-of-age story
All I can say is, "thank you"...to the author.
I laughed out loud. Jude's self-talk is hilarious and I completely related to her.
I also cried. Hard. Read more
Published 5 months ago by H. R. Rikard
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good!
I won a copy of this book in a huge giveaway from Simon Teen. I was so excited to receive all these wonderful books and couldn't wait to dive in! Read more
Published 9 months ago by PagesofComfort
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great novel by Sarah Ockler
The Short Version:

Plot: 18/20
Characters: 20/20
Writing: 19/20
Originality: 20/20
Entertainment: 9/10
Recommendation: 9/10

Total:... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Anna LaGrois
4.0 out of 5 stars Emotional
I’d been wanting to read The Book of Broken Hearts since it was published last year, but I’ve not really been reading that many Young Adult books. Read more
Published 10 months ago by H. Barlow
4.0 out of 5 stars Ockler Does it Again
Jude Hernandez has to grow up, but it's hard to grow up when she's the baby of the family and her three adult sisters are gone. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Erin (The Hardcover Lover)
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite contemporary books to date!
Review originally posted at The Book Addict's Guide

Completed: May 18, 2013
Publishing Info: May 21st 2013 by Simon Pulse
Source: Finished hardcover provided... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Brittany // The Book Addict's Guide
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Those darn Vargas brothers! Sarah Ockler has done it again. She has turned out one fantastic novel after another. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Lf Holdings, Inc
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More About the Author

Sarah Ockler is the bestselling author of #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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