Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Just Finished Reading ... Bittersweet
by Sarah Ockler
January 3, 2012
Mature Content: none
I was so excited to try a Sarah Ockler book and even happier when I picked this one up. Like the perfect cupcake, this winning YA contemporary offers just the right balance of ingredients: humor and romance, heartbreak and triumph.
My summary: Hudson Avery's dreams of skating stardom shatter like thin ice when she flubs an important competition upon learning of her parents impending breakup. Three years later, she's waitressing at her mom's diner, whipping up batches of creative cupcakes for extra cash. One day, she receives a letter that offers her the chance of winning her way back into the skating world. As she's mulling this over, the attractive co-captains of her high school hockey team ask her for some skating pointers. As her plate gets full to overflowing with complications, Hudson will have to decide what she wants in life and in love.
My take: This book is completely charming. It's one part Waitress (as in the movie, Hudson designs cupcakes that mirror her personal dilemmas) one part Mystic Pizza (kitchen camaraderie and the impending visit of a food critic) and one part magic. You can't help but root for Hudson as she tries to juggle baking, skating, friendship, her quirky little brother, and her love life. I can't wait to read more Sarah Ockler books. If you haven't had the chance to pick this one up, I think it's a perfect Valentine's week read.
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