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...
This is another one of those books that I read awhile ago, loved, and then never got around to raving about. Well, better late than never, that's what I always say. Just because it's been a few months since I read BITTERSWEET doesn't mean I love it any less!
I really think Sarah Ockler is writing some of the most perfect contemp YA out there, and I don't feel like she gets the recognition she should be getting. This book was just the perfect blend of self-discovery and sweet romance with a dynamic main character and a well-rounded cast of side characters. It truly has everything you could want in a book.
And the cupcakes! Oh, the cupcakes! I've seen some books try to make a "thing" for the main character, but Sarah Ockler NAILS it in this book. Each chapter starts with a description of one of Hudson's delicious creations, and her cupcake making is truly part of her and not just a hobby stuck on to a character to make her unique. In fact, every part of Hudson feels so real, it's like she could walk off the page and glide out on to the ice and you wouldn't even question it.
My only issue with this book? I'm a born and raised Southern California girl, and the descriptions of upstate New York in the winter made me so cold! Oh man, the setting was so perfectly described, and such a part of the story, but so much so that I actually felt like I needed to put on a puffy coat to read this one. Brr.
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