Author: Sarah Ockler
Publisher: Simon Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Books
Publication Date: January 3, 2011
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…
The first thing I fell in love with were the chapter titles that described the tone of the story through cupcake recipes. It’s such a cute and relevant tie-in to the story and it was one of my favorite aspects of Bittersweet.
And speaking of cupcakes… the creator of those cupcakes, Hudson, was such a believable and real character. She is going through some major stuff in her life – her dad ditched the family for another woman, her mom is making her work a ton of hours at the diner, and she’s struggling with a past passion that is starting to resurface – figure skating. And then, of course, here comes the boy and Hudson is totally thrown for a loop.
Sarch Ockler does an amazing job of walking us through Hudson’s struggles and how she deals with them. I loved every single character that played a role in Hudson’s life and was thoroughly entertained throughout the entire story. If Bittersweet is anything like Sarah’s other books, I will most definitely be reading them soon!