Review: Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler

The Details

Publisher:  Simon Pulse
Published:  January 3, 2012
Genres:  YA, romance, contemporary
My Rating: 4.5 Stars

12478533 GoodReads Blurb

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.



I loved this story. There is something about it that struck me personally that I connected so much with Hudson and her life. I’m not a figure skater or have my life figured out, but I do love baking cupcakes and miss reading signals from boys is a specialty of mine. While reading this book, I texted my friends and kept saying “How does Sarah Ockler know my life!?!” It’s a really cute, thoughtful book I think many people can relate to.

The book is mainly about a girl trying to figure out what she wants from life. She used to be a figure skater, a very good figure skater, but after her parents had divorced, she hung up her skates to help her mom out with her brother and the diner than her mom runs. Hudson hates waitressing but feels like she has to do it. Hudson takes on a lot of side responsibilities. She cooks desserts for the diner, mainly cupcakes. There are a bunch of super cute cupcake recipes spread out within the books. I still want to try some of them out. Hudson also decides to take out helping out the school hockey team, teaching them the basics of skating, much like how football players take ballet for better footwork. She teaches the boys the finer points of skating to help them during their games. On top of all that, Hudson is secretly working on a new routine to win a scholarship for college.

Hudson does so much that some of her other responsibilities get left behind. She’s not doing as much as she should at the diner or at home. Her friendships suffer. Although her best friend is kind of a douche and doesn’t see that Hudson is struggling and just is a jerk about Hudson not spending time with her.

There is brilliance in the way that Ockler is able to write Hudson’s juggling and losing her battle to keep everything going. Sometimes a person takes on too much, and Hudson realizing that is such a huge, pivotal part of the book. It’s an awakening in a way, that was probably the biggest thing I took away from it.

This book was a very quick read, enjoyable in the way that I find many a YA romance. There is something about finding that first love that gets me every time.

I have read one other Sarah Ockler book, Twenty Boy Summer, and I’ve discovered via GoodReads that she has a couple more books. I’m going to have to scoop them up. When a writer can write first love and understands the immense stress that teenagers go through trying to juggle everything, their books are definitely worth looking into.

I highly recommend this book to lovers of love who are looking for a book that is about more than just love the story. It’s a really great book.

Have you read Bittersweet? Or any other Sarah Ockler? Let me know what you thought!


Until next time Internet,



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