Hello and happy Wednesday. Would you like to read about a book you will devour in three days or less? Okay because lately (and by lately I mean the past three years) that’s been my kind of book to read and review. I’m proud to say that over the course of a long weekend I lost my Sarah Ockler virginity, and man was it totally worth it! I read Bittersweet, a book that sat on my shelf for literal years and that I took on a trip.
I’m sorry in advance because I know this review is going to be shorter than what I’ve been posting lately, but I didn’t take my notebook with me, so I took my notes using my phone, but we all know that’s not the same as pen-and-paper. I still hope it’s good enough and that you get something from it. Let’s get started, shall we?
For those of you who’ve followed the latest reviews I’ve posted, you know there’s been a trend when it comes to the main characters and their occupation. Maggie from Coming Up for Air was a swimmer, Charlie from The Flip Side was a gymnast, even Becca from that other crappy novel I reviewed last week was a dancer, and guess what? Hudson, the main character of Bittersweet used to be an ice skater. I swear I had no idea until I started reading the book that she was, but oh well, maybe it’s life telling me I should’ve been an athlete instead of a teacher.
So Hudson used to be an ice skater but after she quit, she got into baking, and I adore books about baking. Like, no joke I had to stand up every half an hour to eat a cookie because Hudson’s recipes just made my mouth water constantly.
This book, however, is not all nice and fluffy, I mean, there’s nothing wrong with nice and fluffy, but I really appreciate stories that have some depth in them. From the beginning and all throughout Bittersweet, we learn about Hudson’s parents and their dynamics, and we get to see how Hudson’s relationship with them changes after they get divorce. As a child of divorced parents, I love it when an author captures what is really like to just live with one parent, you know? Because the truth is, it’s not always the “I-hate-my-father-he-is-the-worst/ mom-and-I-are-absolute-best-friends” situation, and I feel that Bittersweet portrays a very genuine, believable situation.
There’s something that bothered me, and I think is the reason why I didn’t give this book five stars, and is the fact that everything sort of happens at the same time for Hudson. Like, one day she’s living her normal life as the cupcake girl at her mom’s diner and the next day she gets invited to a skating competition, and meets this boy, and is suddenly needed more than ever at the diner. It was way too much at the same time, and that’s not believable, at least to me it wasn’t.
The whole thing with the boys in Hudson’s life also made me change my mind repeatedly. First she meets Josh and about fifteen seconds after meeting him she’s already admitting that she has a crush on him. Okay, well, I was like that in high school too, so I don’t know why it bothered me. Then we have this love triangle, though more than triangle it was like a hexagon at some point, and I just want that drama to be over because for me it’s overdone and cliché.
All in all, though, it was the fastest, easiest read, and I definitely want to read other books by Sarah Ockler. Have you read this author? If so, what’s your favorite book of hers and why?
Love, Miss Camila