The Book of Broken Hearts

Author:  Sarah Ockler
Publisher:  Simon Pulse
Pages:  352
Genre:  Young Adult / Contemporary                    

Source:  Edelweiss

Goodreads:   When all signs point to heartbreak, can love still be a rule of the road? A poignant and romantic novel from the author ofBittersweet 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.

Ope’s Opinion:  I really liked the perspective of the daughters dealing with dad’s illness.  It was a unique look at families dealing with difficulties.  This was a deep story that I think young adults will enjoy and also learn a lot.

                                      The characters in this book are realistic.  They relate to each other the way regular families do.  Jude watching her father slip away a little at a time – over and over again was heart breaking, intense and written so well you could feel and see it.  I felt like Emilio was a comic relief for Jude, since her dad’s situation was so difficult to deal to with.  

                                 I think the only part of the book that I was not fond of was the constant insert of Spanish words.  Yes, the family immigrated to this country – the food was a good expression of that, but the Spanish words were annoying.  I could have lived without Pancake ( the dog ) having such a large part of the story.
                                   I have heard Sarah’s book Bittersweet is a better read. I will  try another Sarah Ockler book. 

Rating:  Three Chairs – I like the book enough to suggest it to a friend or two.

                 FTC – Disclosure of Material Connection: 
      I received one copy of this book free of charge from Edelweiss. 
            I was not required to write a positive review
                 in exchange for receipt of the book;
         rather the opinions expressed in this review are my own.


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