Book Review: Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler

Author: Sarah OcklerBittersweet by Sarah Ockler

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Pages: 378



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 loved, loved this story. It was easy to jump right into the story and be carried along.

The characters were believable. Hudson seemed a little self-involved, but then again, she’s a teenage girl who feels the world is on her shoulders. Her father was a jerk and other than the first chapter, we really don’t see him at all. The mother was overwhelmed and it struck me as real-to-life that she would rely so much on Hudson. I thought the little brother was cute.

The boys: Will seemed too good to be true, and he was. Josh seems like a dream guy, but he was true-to-life, too because it took him a long time to go for the girl.

Will there be a sequel? I wouldn’t mind revisiting these characters.

Two gripes:

1. Why does the cover feature a cookie (although it looks delicious) when the main character bakes cupcakes?!

2. Why didn’t the author include any of those recipes?

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars


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