Title: The Book of Broken Hearts
Author: Sarah Ockler
Series: no, standalone
Type/Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Date Published: May 21, 2013
My Rating: ****
Goodreads Summary: Jude has learned a lot from her older sisters, but the most important thing is this: The Vargas brothers are notorious heartbreakers. She’s seen the tears and disasters that dating a Vargas boy can cause, and she swore an oath—with candles and a contract and everything—to never have anything to do with one.
Now Jude is the only sister still living at home, and she’s spending the summer helping her ailing father restore his vintage motorcycle—which means hiring a mechanic to help out. Is it Jude’s fault he happens to be cute? And surprisingly sweet? And a Vargas?
Jude tells herself it’s strictly bike business with Emilio. Her sisters will never find out, and Jude can spot those flirty little Vargas tricks a mile away—no way would she fall for them. But Jude’s defenses are crumbling, and if history is destined to repeat itself, she’s speeding toward some serious heartbreak…unless her sisters were wrong?
Jude may have taken an oath, but she’s beginning to think that when it comes to love, some promises might be worth breaking.
My Thoughts: I really wanted to read this book especially after seeing it so much on other blogs, but I had a hard time getting into this story. I think because of the title and cover I expected more romance and that’s what I was in the mood to read but this was more about family. It was a good book though.
- Jude’s relationship with her father was very sweet. She took her last summer before going to college to spend it with him and take care of him when she could have been out with her friends. It was heartbreaking that his Alzheimer’s progressed so fast. At first I didn’t know if I would like Jude’s character but as hard as she tried to get her dad’s bike working won me over.
- I loved Mari, the overprotective, bossy sister. She was a bit overwhelming, but her character was well written for the part of Jude’s sister.
- The best part of this book was Jude’s family and Emilio’s family relationships.
- The cover was my biggest reason for picking this book.
- The “romance” between Emilio and Jude. I felt like the only reason Jude liked Emilio was because she knew they weren’t supposed to be together. I just didn’t connect to that part of the story.
- Jude’s “best friends” were a complete joke. Jude and her family were going through a lot of issues and all they cared about was themselves and not being embarrassed. I felt that Jude could have tried harder to spend her rare free time with them, but that they should have been more mature to handle what was going on with her father. They were getting ready to go to college but acted a lot younger.
About the Author:
Sarah Ockler is the bestselling author of novels for teens, including Bittersweet, Fixing Delilah, and the critically acclaimed Twenty Boy Summer, a YALSA Teens’ Top Ten nominee and IndieNext List pick. Her latest, The Book of Broken Hearts, hits the shelves in May 2013.
Sarah is a champion cupcake eater, coffee drinker, night person, and bookworm. When she’s not writing or reading at home in Colorado, she enjoys taking pictures, hugging trees, and road-tripping through the country with her husband, Alex.
Visit her website at sarahockler.com or find her on Twitter, Tumblr, or Facebook.
A Few of the Author’s Other Books:
- Fixing Delilah
- Twenty Boy Summer
Would I Recommend This Book? Yes