Thursday, 11 July 2013

Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler

Blurb (from Goodreads):
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...

Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Bittersweet(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
17-year-old Hudson was once a figure skating queen, but after her father divorced her mother, and left them all behind, she turned her back on the thing that he loved to do – skating.
Now Hudson is the teen cupcake queen in her hometown, and spends plenty of time developing new recipes and helping out at her mother’s café.

Hudson hasn’t been able to let the skating go completely though, and she’s been skating secretly on a nearby frozen lake. When she receives a letter telling her about a skating scholarship worth $50,000, she knows that it’s time to pick up her skates again, if she’s any hope of getting out of town and making a life elsewhere.
When the school ice hockey team ask her for help improving their skills, it seems like the ideal opportunity to get in some time on the ice that she otherwise couldn’t afford, and she agrees to help.
Can Hudson really win the skating scholarship though? Can she ever be more than a waitress at her mother’s café? And which of the guys on the hockey team is really worth her time?

This was a fun YA contemporary story, with a dash of romance that left me seriously hungering for cupcakes!

Hudson was a girl who seemed to devote herself to whatever she was into at the time, and when she realised that her skating could still mean something to her she threw herself wholeheartedly into picking up where she left off. It was quite bad that she felt like she couldn’t confide in her mother what she was doing, but I also understood that she didn’t want to remind her mom of her father, who left them.
Hudson did seem quite secretive though, and hid a lot from both her friends and family, and seemed to have left a lot of people behind as she switched from one obsession to the next.

The romance in this story was in the form of a love triangle unfortunately. Why Hudson ever started something with Will was quite beyond me though. Admittedly he was captain of the team, and good looking, but it was Josh that she got to know first, and Josh who she really clicked with, so I got a bit angry at her for getting involved with Will.

I liked the skating part of the story, but I much preferred the cupcake part of the story! Hudson’s inventions sounded really tasty, and I couldn’t wait to get in the kitchen and start baking!
The ending wasn’t exactly what I expected, but was happy enough, I was also happy with the way that Hudson finally seemed happy with what she had in life.
Overall; a fun YA contemporary mixing ice skating and cupcake making.
7 out of 10.


  1. Agree with you - the cupcakes were to die for. And hockey boys :)
    Though I also could have done without the love triangle!
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

  2. This seems pretty cute actually.