Saturday, February 8, 2014

The Book of Broken Hearts - Sarah Ockler

“There was no going back to the way things were, because all you ever got was the way things are. One moment. Then another. What you did with that moment was up to you. No regrets.”

Summary from Goodreads:

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 first 10/10 rating this year goes to...The Book of Broken Hearts! I LOVED THIS BOOK. Sarah Ockler is seriously a brilliant writer. I feel like every word she writes is so beautiful no matter how simple or irrelevant it is! I absolutely loved Twenty Boy Summer but haven't read any of her other books since her debut. I'm glad I waited until this one though because this book was exactly what I needed at this time in my life! The messages of "No regrets," "living in the moment," and "do what you want to do, don't let others control you" were all featured heavily which I loved because they are all mottos that I strongly believe in! Our main character Jude always does what her sisters' tell her to do because they all know what is best but that is just not the case and I was very happy when Jude stood started standing up for herself. You really have to take matters into your own hands and not worry about what other people think! I never realized how much the summary focuses on Emilio and Jude but this book is so much more then just a boy and girl like each other situation! While I LOVED Emilio and thought he was SO SMOKIN' HOT, it was the relationship between Jude and her dad that was the real winner for me. I wanted to cry so much because of everything that Jude had to face and how sick Jude's dad was getting! I think Ockler did an excellent job at showing what Alzheimers's Disease is all about. It felt very real and scary and I can only hope that this awful disease doesn't affect my family one day!

Rating: 10/10

1 comment:

  1. Glad you enjoyed it! The relationship between Jude and her father was really strong and I love it too.