By Sarah Ockler
Jan. 3, 2012
Simon Pulse, 384 pages
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….
— Amazon.com description
The galley version of this book had a different cover and a different title, but wow I’m happy they changed it — “bittersweet” is the perfect word for this book. And the cover is simple and sweet. It sort of reminds me of Sara Zarr’s Sweethearts, no?
Hudson’s life is pretty tough — her dad ran off with a She-Elvis, her former best friend hates her, her dream of being a figure skater is long gone and her mom is making her work long hours at the family diner. So, you see where the “bitter” comes in.
But there’s a hockey-playing boy who gets her back on the ice, and her passion for baking cupcakes gets her creativity stirring again, and it’s so so so “sweet.”
I completely enjoyed this book. Bittersweet is a lovely, romantic winter story that made me want to bundle up, spend some time in the snow…then run inside for some hot chocolate and a cupcake. Or two. Or three. A total delight.