Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
|New from||Used from|
Gr 8 Up-The youngest of four sisters and a recent high school graduate, Jude Hernandez is responsible for caring for her father, who was recently diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's. His excitement at finding his old motorcycle in the garage gives Jude an idea: if they restore it, maybe it will help restore his lost memories. As an added plus, it keeps them at home and away from her father's potential public meltdowns, which are growing more frequent. Together, they hire the cheapest mechanic they can find-Emilio Vargas. But the hitch is that her older sisters hate his older brothers and made Jude swear an oath to never get involved with a Vargas. The teen is finding it harder to ignore what a great guy Emilio is, and how patient and kind he is with her father. But as the motorcycle project nears completion, her father seems more lost than ever. This is a poignant look at how hard it is to witness a loved one lose memories. Jude tries hard to be everything to everyone, including her family and former good friends, without much support from the latter. Through it all, Emilio stands by her, and the revelation that he is also no stranger to heartbreak helps cement his trustworthiness in Jude's eyes. While the oath is a little overplayed, the feelings Jude has are not, and teens will identify with her struggle.-Kelly Jo Lasher, Middle Township High School, Cape May Court House, NJα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journal. LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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 ThompsonSee all Editorial Reviews
I devoured this book! It was a really quick, light read but there was also some hard-hitting subject matter. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Elyse
This book was more serious than I was expecting. It was almost like Still Alice for teens. Jude has just graduated high school, and she's spending her last summer at home... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kate (Mom's Radius)
Wow! Really loved this! Everything was well writen and beautifuly described. I will eagerly be awaiting Sarah Ockler's next fabulous book!!!Published 2 months ago by MazamaMama
This book was not what I had expected at all. This story was a lot more intense and complicated. You think this is about Jude falling in love with Emilio, the supposed bad boy. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Vivian
Deeply sensitive and beautifully written, this story reaches out to grab the reader, pulling them into the story so that they live it along with the characters. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sue Holmes
I expected that this book would be a nice young adult romance - and it was. But it was also a believable story about the complexities of sibling relationships as well as the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Joki
"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. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sofia Galvez
It has been quite some time since I read a book that moved me as deeply as The Book of Broken Hearts did. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books
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