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Bittersweet

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From the author of Twenty Boy Summer , a teen pushes the limits to follow her dreams--and learns there's a fine line between bitter and sweet....

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....
Publisher: New York : Simon Pulse, c2012.
ISBN: 9781442430358
Branch Call Number: YA OCK
Characteristics: 378 p. ; 22 cm.

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Lisa_Marie_C Jun 06, 2017

Ockler's story of a former figure skater turned baker looking for second chances is full of warmth, love, and a surprising dose of realism.


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cupcake_star
Oct 23, 2017

There are many elements in this book I want to touch on that I don't know where to start. This is going to be a long a** review which may or may not contain spoilers so bear with me. For starters; overall, I felt this book progressed very slowly at the beginning but maybe that was just me because I was coming out of a slump. It opened a lot of storylines: skating competition, Josh, Will, Dani, Kara, working at Hurley's as a waitress, etc. The ending, while cute, was kind of crowded. Ockler was trying to tie up everything in a few chapters but it was too much. I also felt that Will's storyline wasn't tied up very well. More on Will: I felt that his character was underdeveloped. I wasn't able to pin him as either the "dumb jock" or someone using Hudson for the training. He truly cared about her and it showed but couldn't be proven because there wasn't much on Will or at least, sufficient content. But it is my opinion so🤷😂

Hudson...how do I start with her. I did not like her. Believe me, I get the whole struggle with how much she has to do and I'm not saying she brought it on herself but the way she dealt with everything wasn't pretty. I could go on and on pinpointing everything she did wrong but it's going to take too long so I'm going to pick one thing: Will. Even though I was always Team Josh, she still shouldn't have used/played/whatever-it-was him. Their relationship surprised me because Will wasn't described properly so I thought that he was just using Hud for something. That's why I was surprised when it was a bit deeper and I saw that he truly cared about her. Now for her mom...I couldn't stand her at times. Here, I take Hudson's side because her mom shouldn't keep piling her up with shifts that she can't pay attention to her own life. She can to some degree but not crazy shifts. I feel this was because I have a friend in a similar situation where she's always working because her dad tells her to except she doesn't care that she does it...She's used to it and I can't say anything. However, I saw what working 24/7 did to my friend so I understand Hudson's struggles.

Now, this has already gone on too long so here goes: I love Josh because he is soo sweet and their thing that Will talked about is really cute. Sarah Ockler really had me going at the end because I thought they weren't going to end up together because like I said; the end was rushed. The way it ended with the rest of the Wolves, I thought that was also it for Josh and Will. Will deserved a better ending like them being friends again or something. Josh's ending was good, cute like I said but soo quickkkkk.

Last, last, last thing, Dani was really sweet and funny so I really liked her and her badass-ness. What Hudson did to Kara was also really unfair because she didn't do anything except ask for an explanation. Hudson was truly unfair to her even with kissing Will when Kara fully said to her : I think I'm inlove with Will Harper...So that was seriously messed up and inexcusable...whatever were her reasons.

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ria2002
Jun 26, 2014

Could not put it down. Lots of plot twists though.

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rosegold11
Nov 17, 2013

I actually liked the book a lot it wasn't bad but the beginning got boring but after in the middle it got so good I couldn't put it down it was a nice read

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Haileysun224
Jul 28, 2013

Love this book! Great quick read and really amazing characters! Can't wait to read her other books!

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noora10
Jul 19, 2013

Not as good as her other books.

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summerbooks
Sep 10, 2012

I loved this book I reccomened it to everyone!

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Blue_Cheetah_1
Aug 08, 2012

thiss book was a really good book about knowing that what you need is family and fun!!!

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reader1995
Jul 05, 2012

Super sweet, a really really nice read, it was adorable! and kinda suspenseful... but i loved every minute of it!

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fluffybooksaregood
Jun 16, 2012

This is definitely one of my favorite YA foodie fiction books. I think it's very interesting, and that the plot is fresh.

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