Review – The Book Of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler

The Book of Broken HeartsTitle:  The Book of Broken Hearts

Pages:  368

Author:  Sarah Ockler

Series:   no, standalone

Type/Genre:  Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary

Publisher:  Simon Pulse

Date Published:  May 21, 2013

Source:  library

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.

Likes:

  • 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.

Dislikes:

  • 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:

  • Bittersweet
  • Fixing Delilah
  • Twenty Boy Summer

Would I Recommend This Book?  Yes

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Review – Forget You by Jennifer Echols

Forget YouTitle:  Forget You

Pages:  292

Author:  Jennifer Echols

Series:   no, standalone

Type/Genre:  Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary

Publisher:  MTV Books

Date Published:  July 20, 2010

Source:  library

My Rating:  *****

Goodreads Summary:  WHY CAN’T YOU CHOOSE WHAT YOU FORGET . . .  AND WHAT YOU REMEMBER?

There’s a lot Zoey would like to forget. Like how her father has knocked up his twenty-four-year old girlfriend. Like Zoey’s fear that the whole town will find out about her mom’s nervous breakdown. Like darkly handsome bad boy Doug taunting her at school. Feeling like her life is about to become a complete mess, Zoey fights back the only way she knows how, using her famous attention to detail to make sure she’s the perfect daughter, the perfect student, and the perfect girlfriend to ultra-popular football player Brandon.  But then Zoey is in a car crash, and the next day there’s one thing she can’t remember at all–the entire night before. Did she go parking with Brandon, like she planned? And if so, why does it seem like Brandon is avoiding her? And why is Doug–of all people– suddenly acting as if something significant happened between the two of them? Zoey dimly remembers Doug pulling her from the wreck, but he keeps referring to what happened that night as if it was more, and it terrifies Zoey to admit how much is a blank to her. Controlled, meticulous Zoey is quickly losing her grip on the all-important details of her life–a life that seems strangely empty of Brandon, and strangely full of Doug.

My Thoughts: After I read Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols, I had to check out her other books.  I loved Forget You.  I think this is one of my favorite books for 2013.

  •  I like the type of story where two people feel attracted to each other, but for some missed opportunity, it doesn’t happen.  They don’t stop thinking about the other person though.  Then, on down the road, they meet again and get a second chance.  This type of story always draws me in.
  • I like Echols’ writing style also.  It just flows and before you know it you’re already through the book, which can be a bummer.
  • I can relate to Zoey’s need to hold everything together and keeping everything that is going wrong to yourself.  Sometimes I worry what other people think too much and it’s a struggle trying to overcome that.
  • Doug was my favorite character.  He was so sweet and protective of Zoey.  No matter how she treated him he was always there for her.

About the Author:

Jennifer Echols was born in Atlanta and grew up in a small town on a beautiful lake in Alabama—a setting that has inspired many of her books. She has written nine romantic novels for young adults, including the comedy MAJOR CRUSH, which won the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the drama GOING TOO FAR, which was a finalist in the RITA, the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the Book Buyer’s Best, and was nominated by the American Library Association as a Best Book for Young Adults. Simon & Schuster will debut her adult romance novels in 2013, with many more teen novels scheduled for the next few years. She lives in Birmingham with her husband and her son.

A Few of the Author’s Other Books:

  • Going Too Far
  • Playing Dirty (on my Kindle waiting to be read)
  • Love Story
  • The Boys Next Door series (already checked out from the library, just need to get time to read them)

Would I Recommend This Book?  Yes