Bittersweet

Bittersweet

by Sarah Ockler
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Bittersweet 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
uponalovestory More than 1 year ago
Hockey, cupcakes and a love story! What's not to like? I loved this book. It was my first Sarah Ockler novel and I have to say I cannot wait to read the others she has written and whatever else is to come. Great story and better yet great cupcake ideas! If you plan on reading this book get some cupcakes first because with a recipe at the start of every chapter you will sure want a little dessert with your love story. Now usually my favorite part of any story is the romance or love story. However in this novel the relationship that captured my heart was between Hudson and her little brother Bug. Probably because Bug is what I call my son. There relationship reminded me somewhat of my son and I. Baking is our thing. Also my son is a huge hockey fan. This book just seemed to have so much more in it for me than just the love story. I would highly recommend reading this book. However like I stated before make sure you have some cupcakes to go with your love story!
Jenny_Geek More than 1 year ago
Hudson was such a likeable character for me. She was witty and sarcastic, and she wasn't afraid to stand up to the hockey team (although she was afraid to talk to her mom about stuff). My heart broke for her in the first chapter when she realizes that her life is going to change due to her parents' divorce. Her thoughts were the same ones I had when my parents decided to split. I also really understood her feelings of frustration at having to step in to be the "parent" with her little brother and also remembering to pay bills. I imagine it's so hard to be a single parent, and having a teenager who is mature can almost feel like having another adult. But I felt like Hudson just had so many responsibilities that she shouldn't have been in charge of, such as paying the electric bill and the babysitter. I absolutely adored Bug, Hudson's little brother. He was geeky and smart and just super loveable. The romance in this story was cute and wasn't insta-love, which is always a huge plus. And again, loved Hudson's ability to stand up for herself and not be a doormat. If you're looking for a quick read that's the perfect book for winter, then you need to read Bittersweet!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book worth the buy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So I will willingly admit that i am a lover of cute romance books, but this one had me smiling through each chapter and seriously craving cupcakes The book is cute fast and really relatable Hope you enjoy : )
sandyemerson More than 1 year ago
This book reminded me of Disney movies.  It was full of moments that could have been scripted for a T.V film.  There was a familiarity to the story line that reminded me of a couple of films, 'Ice Princess' and another Disney movie, 'Go Figure' They both dealt with ice-skaters and 'Go Figure' had both an ice-skater and a ice hockey team as well, only the plot with 'Bittersweet' is definitely different in this case. 'Bittersweet' is a kind of feel-good book, even though the main character, Hudson, is going through the worst moments of her young life.  Funnily enough, she hides her pain in cupcakes.  I really liked how this story progressed.  It took me from the incident that made Hudson turn her back on everything she knew, to Hudson finally realizing what made her happy.  I enjoyed her persona and even felt a little sorry for her mother seemed to hassle her. The other characters in this book was good too - including an adorable love interest in Josh.  The relationships between the characters felt real.  It was also hard to see how some of the friendships changed and evolved as I was reading.  I was annoyed, angry and a little sad at how Hudson was with some of them.  But, at the same time, I also resented Hudson's mom a bit, even though I came to understand why she was that way. The writing was fun and flowed nicely.  This is the type of book to read if you've just finished a book that was intense or if you just want to relax after a hard day where you don't really want to think about anything.  So it's fair to say that even though I don't have anything really bad to say about 'Bittersweet', it didn't have the 'oomph' that made me fall in love with it.  I didn't go on to remember anything about it, except that Hudson made cupcakes and she was an ice-skater.  That being said though, I did like it and I would read it again if I had the option. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Disney films or is looking for a light read.   Book review written by Sandy from Magical Manuscripts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book it has a great ending!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
K, im 12 and dont know if i should read this book i really want to but dont know if it contains older reading material, so should i????!
NikGodwin More than 1 year ago
I loved Twenty Boy Summer & Fixing Delilah, so I couldn't wait to read Sarah Ockler's next book. This one was a let down for me, though. The writing was beautiful, as always, which is why I gave it three stars. Sarah is brilliant when it comes to her way with words. For me, this book was tough to get through, and I ended up skimming most of the ending. The whole ice skating/hockey thing was too foreign for me, and I felt lost during a lot of it. I didn't relate to Hudson either, as much as I tried. I think I'm probably in the minority, though, and I could see a lot of people loving to curl up on a winter day with this one. I'll be looking forward to Sarah's next book, still!
Books4Tomorrow More than 1 year ago
A tale of self-discovery, friendship and shifting relationships, Bittersweet utterly captivated me. When Hudson Avery botches her chance at professional ice skating, and her parents separate, she becomes the cupcake-making queen of the town. However, despite her success with her tasty, inventive cupcakes and her efforts to help her mother in their diner, the ice continues to beckon her.  The main character, Hudson Avery, is the kind of strong yet realistically vulnerable female lead that I like. Throughout this story of self-exploration, this skillfully crafted character shows natural, and often painful, growth. Her inner dialogue is extremely witty and definitely makes for numerous laugh-out-loud moments.    Although I generally dislike love triangles, the relationship between Hudson, Will, and Josh moves the story along rather than provide the reader with pages full of romantic angst. Both Josh and Will seem to have a hidden agenda throughout the story and it is only close to the end that the truth about these boys are revealed. The relationships between Hudson and her mother as well as that between her and her best friends, are described in an in-depth, but still entertaining, way. Ambition and corruption play a major role in this book and have a profound influence on all the relationships. The lively, quirky dialogue, enhanced by Hudson's imaginative, dreamy thought patterns, kept me smiling. A wonderful book to relax with, I highly recommend this story of friendship, important choices, exciting moments on the ice and tastefully written romance. (Ellen Fritz)
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In this novel by Sarah Ockler, Hudson Avery is a seventeen year old girl struggling to help out her family after her parent's divorce tears it apart. She bakes creative cupcakes for her mother's diner and helps out as often as she can but she can't help thinking about everything that she has left behind in her old life... Before her father cheated on her mother and walked out. Hudson used to know exactly where she was going. She was going to be a professional figure skater that would be able to travel all over the world and enjoy her dreams, but now she is stuck in her small town taking care of a diner she never wanted to have to be in charge of. One day she crashes into the hockey team's captain, Josh Blackthorn, while practicing ice-skating and things begin to take a turn. She is tempted by starting over and having a second chance at her long remembered dream but as she struggles to find time, she begins to split herself too thin and risks losing people along the way. Hudson is a delightful main character whose sense of humor makes the novel. She has hilarious alternate realities in her brain and her creative cupcakes are so charming and inspired. I really loved her as a main character and found her easy to relate to, even when she was doing things that I didn't approve of. Out of the other characters that are introduced in this novel, I think that Hudson's little brother, Bug, is probably my favorite. He is adorably cute and I love his take on the world. Him and Hudson are presented as this great team and I love their interactions. Overall, I really enjoyed this novel and could easily relate to Hudson and the problems she was having and thought her friends and family were treating her a little harsh throughout the novel. But I really understood the confusion Hudson was having over what to do and could easily relate to her problems. I'm giving Bittersweet 4 stars because I flew through it and was completely absorbed in the story but towards the end I was starting to get frustrated with everyone's lack of communication and didn't really see a point to a large amount of the conflict. But overall, I really enjoyed it and wouldn't mind reading it again in the future. I enjoyed how the ending turned out, but for awhile I didn't think it was going to end in a good way so I was nervous for the last couple chapters of the book.
majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
I really thought Bittersweet would continue on the streak of loving every contemporary I've been reading lately, however i'm sad to say that it did not. I am disappointed by Bittersweet since I was expecting something as good as Twenty Boy Summer. However I did enjoy it but I had several issues with it. Hudson, the main protagonist gave up competing professionally in ice skating when she found out her father was cheating on her mom. 3 years later Hudson isn't happy being in her hometown, only making cupcakes at her mom's diner. She secretly starts practicing ice skating for a competition but Josh sees her and asks for her help to teach technical tricks to his hockey team. Now instant sparks fly when Josh and Hudson meet, then insert love triangle. I hate how now every single book is forcing love triangles that make little sense. Also, I really didn't like how Hudson kept on nagging, ignoring her best friend, saying she can't wait to leave her town. I was fooled in thinking this book would be like Ice Princess (2005) movie, however it barely had any ice skating, not even her teaching the hockey team, also not much cupcake making, but a whole lot of whining and complaining. However I really liked Hudson's 8 year old brother, Bug. He was hilarious and a genius! I also really liked how some chapters began with a phrase and a corresponding recipe for a cupcake that matched the mood of the chapter. Bittersweet was a cute but cliched contemporary. I do recommend it to contemporary fans, but just don't compare it to Twenty Boy Summer.
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Cateline More than 1 year ago
This book is fantastic! I enjoyed every minute of reading it After blowing the biggest skating competition of her career Hudson Avery's parents divorce and she hides herself behind a bowl of cupcake batter. After receiving a letter that could get her out of Watonka (Buffalo) NY she begins training for competition again she ends up skating in to Josh (literally), the hockey team Captain. In exchange for needing private ice time she secretly becomes special techniques coach for the high schools loosing hockey team. Short lived romance with Will the Josh's co-captain leads Hudson to figure out who she really has a thing for. READ THE BOOK to find out the ending! ♥ Cate
kamese More than 1 year ago
Love this book. Perfect book to stay up all night reading. <333
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this! I admit, I wanted to strangle the main character at times, but altogether a great book.
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Amazing book. Left me serioulsy craving cupcakes. Loved Twenty Boy Summer by her too! Can't wait for another book. :)
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Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing totally read it