Tuesday, June 24, 2014

[Review] The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler

The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publishing Date: May 21, 2013
Format: hardcover, won
352 Pages


When all signs point to heartbreak, can love still be a rule of the road? A poignant and romantic novel from the author of Bittersweet and Twenty Boy Summer.

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 Review

I won a copy of this book in a huge giveaway from SimonTeen. I was so excited to receive all these wonderful books and couldn't wait to dive in! But I also wanted to make sure that I was getting other books done as well, so it took me a while to finally get to this book. I don't know why I waited so long for this one, but I'm glad I finally read it! 

Jude has just graduated from high school and its the summer before her freshman year of college. But instead of working to save up money, or spending all her time with friends, she's taking care of her dad who has Alzheimer's. She decides to restore her dad's old bike with the help of a local mechanic shop. When Emilio is the guy hired, she doesn't know what to do because she made an oath to her sisters that she would never become involved with a Vargas. But as they get to know each other, and as she faces the struggles taking care of her dad, she realizes she can't keep the oath. Emilio and Jude are great together. He really cares about her and her father, and doesn't judge her father with his strange behavior (before he learns why he's acting that way). 

What I loved about this story was that it was so much more than just a teen romance. Jude is really struggling with taking care of her sick father, but doesn't really want to admit to needing help. She's no longer a teenager enjoying her summer before going to college; she's a caregiver 24/7 and she's losing her close friends because they don't understand. This book is emotional, so be prepared! But I highly recommend it! (: 

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