Review: Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler

Borrowed from my library.
Published January 3, 2012
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Once upon a time, Hudson knew exactly what her future looked like. Then a betrayal changed her life, and knocked her dreams to the ground. Now she’s a girl who doesn’t believe in second chances… a girl who stays under the radar by baking cupcakes at her mom’s diner and obsessing over what might have been.
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...

I heard so many positive things about Bittersweet that I thought I was absolutely going to love this book. Unfortunately that wasn't the case, this book just wasn't for me. Although, like everyone said it would, the book did leave me craving cupcakes and hot chocolate!

A part of this book that I really enjoyed was how the main character, Hudson, found comfort in baking cupcakes. It's not an everyday thing which was an awesomely unique part to the story. I loved how Ockler made baking an art form by how precise Hudson was with her delicious creations.

I had a little trouble connecting with Hudson. Sometimes I wished I could have seen more inside her head so I could feel what she was going through instead of being a bystander. There were also parts where I just didn't agree with the decisions she was making or really understand why she chose to go down that road.

I really liked the idea of having a team of hockey boys in the book, but I wish there would have been more scenes with all the guys. What I saw of their personalities seemed fun so I would have loved to have had the chance to see the journey of improvement on their hockey skills, instead of just seeing the results.

My favorite character by far was Dani, Hudson's best friend. I thought she was sassy, fun and just a great friend to Hudson. I enjoyed how she had her own outlook on life and didn't let others influence her opinions. She worked at Hudson's mom's diner and she made the best of being a waitress there. I liked how she had an optimistic attitude toward the situation she was in.

Unfortunately, I found a lot of the events in the book quite predictable or reminiscent of other books or movies that I have seen in the past. I kind of saw the end coming, but there was a little twist towards the end that I thought was surprising!

Funny Quote:
(Hudson talking to Dani about what counts as having a boyfriend.)

"And before you say another word, making out with a cardboard Johnny Depp at the movie theater on a dare doesn't count, either."

Characters: 3/5
Creativity: 3/5
Voice: 2/5
Plot: 2/5
Impact: 2/5
Overall: 2.5/5

Maybe I set too high of expectations for this book which led me not to love it. I haven't read any other books by Sarah Ockler, but I still plan on reading Twenty Boy Summer, even though Bittersweet and I didn't seem to fit. This is a good story for the Winter season, especially if you're into ice skating, baking and cute hockey boys.


  1. What a bummer - I hate it when I'm so excited to read a book and then I just can't get into it. I haven't read anything by Sarah Ockler, but I think I'll eventually start with Twenty Boy Summer. Thanks for a thoughtful review!

  2. Thanks for your honest take on this one.

  3. such a shame you didnt like this one, I have heard amazing things about it and its on my wishlist, but i may not rush out for it, it'll stay on there for now though!

  4. Thanks for the honest review Katie .. I'm not sure I'll read this one now that I know you didn't like it :)!! It sounds good but not awesome so I think I'll pass ..
    Long live cupcakes though !!! :)

  5. I just finished Fixing Delilah by Sarah and loved it! I am glad you are still going to check out her other books even though this wasn't your favorite. Thanks for an honest review!