Monday, 28 October 2013

[Review] The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler

The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler
Published May 21st 2013 by Simon Pulse
Hardcover, 352 Pages
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 Thoughts:
This book was exactly what I needed after a stressful month. Since starting my new job I haven’t had much time to read and I didn’t feel like getting into another series. A contemporary was what I’d been searching for. I’m so glad that I chose this book as it has bought me out of my anti-reading funk. I finally feel excited to read again.

After reading Sarah Ocklers ‘Twenty Boy Summer’ last year I was a bit skeptical towards this book, as I didn’t enjoy that one as much as I thought I would. But I pushed the doubts to the back of my mind and powered on through this. Boy oh boy did I read this quickly. I thought that id take a while to read it but nope. I spent the day ignoring everyone to read this. It was so fab! Any previous doubts towards Ockler and her writing style have disappeared. Damn, that woman can write a good contemporary.

What I liked most about this novel may you ask? Well, the first thing that comes to mind was the fact that it wasn’t built on “instalove” It was like we had to work for it! Each and every one of the characters was likeable, something that is a rare find for me. I always end up disliking at least one of them. And above all, it was tasteful in terms of the plotline; it had style and substance, which made the book an enjoyable read. 

If I had to point out one thing that this book was lacking it would have to be the severely poor amounts of shirtless scenes with Emilio. Just saying.

In classic contemporary style, I was taken on an emotional journey that left me feeling slightly perplexed. As a reader we are shown the struggles of Alzheimer's and how it not only affects the person its taken hold of but the people around them as well. I feel that this is quite a touchy topic and if written wrong it can turn out to be a big old mess. But Sarah Ockler got it completely right and for that I praise her!

I was captivated from the start and found myself refusing to put the book down. Sarah Ockler has crafted the perfect contemporary for someone that’s looking to relax with a cute and compelling novel.

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