Friday, January 13, 2012

Carly Reads: Alumni Edition with Sarah Ockler

Hello Readers,

Sarah Ockler joined the TBF family after her attendance in 2010, when she participated in the New Author Panel. I adored her first two novels, “Twenty Boy Summer” and “Fixing Delilah,” so I was anxiously awaiting the release of “Bittersweet” and devoured it in a matter of hours.

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…

Let’s kick off this review by stating a simple fact: this book is about cupcakes and ice skating. Cupcakes and ice skating are my two favorite things in the WHOLE WORLD. (Except, of course, books. And TBF.) Therefore, when I started this book, I was pretty sure that there was a 100% guarantee that I would enjoy it. And I was 100% right.

To say that “Bittersweet” is ONLY about cupcakes and ice skating is to grossly misrepresent it, though. At its core, “Bittersweet” is about a girl who’s trying to figure out where she fits in the world and how to get there. There is a little bit of Hudson in all of us. I think that we can all identify a time when it felt like our world had dissolved and there was no clear way to put it back together. Hudson’s journey isn’t easy, but it’s full of mouth watering descriptions of cupcakes, cute hockey boys, and kick butt triple-triples, which sure makes it fun for the reader.

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