Author: Sarah Ockler
Published: January 3rd 2012 by Simon Pulse
Summary: "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…"
First line: "Three years ago... It was the biggest competition night of my life, but all I could think about was the cheetah bra.
Thoughts: No one writes contemporary novels like Sarah Ockler. Bittersweet offers readers a range of teenage angst, family drama and frustratingly good romance that will have your heart melting one second and screaming the next. Just like a cupcake, it's sweet, delicious and something you'll want to savor till the very end.
Hudson use to be the type of girl that knew what she wanted. Now she's not so sure. She spends most of her days hiding behind her cupcakes and dreaming of what could have been. Luckily, this situation doesn't last forever.
After a crash collision (literally) with Josh Blacktorn (Hottie plus hockey star), Hudson's life begins to change. Suddenly the things that seemed so impossible might be within reach. When life offers you a second chance at persuing your dreams, do you take it or continue living in the 'what could have been'?
Hudson is the type of character anyone can easily relate to. She's down to earth, funny and awkward all rolled into one confused teenage girl. I loved the scene when she first meets Josh. Her reaction and their conversation is probably the best description of shy-girl-meets-cute-boy I have read in quite some time. Adorable! Plus, she's a family girl. You can tell her loves her family through and through, even if they sometimes take advantage of her. Her relationship with her little brother is precious. I love that the little guy is a CSI nut! Cute, cute, cute!
One of my favorite characters in the book is probably Hudson's best friend Dani. Geez, at times that girl had be laughing out loud! She's the type of character that reminds you of your very own best friend, and no one rocks more than your BFF!
Onto boys. Hudson encounters her school's entire hockey team, so there are lots of boys in this book. The main two, Josh and Will, are both equal parts hottie and swoon-worthy. If I had to chose my favorite (which is really hard), I would probably go with Josh. I tend to fall harder for the guy that's first introduced in a book. Yes, I'm that kind of walking stereotype! Plus, I swooned over each and every conversation he had with Hudson. It didn't matter whether they were talking about cupcakes or skating or the weather, I loved them all.
Overall, I would highly recommend Bittersweet for any contemporary fan and even paranormal fans looking to be introduced into the wonderful world of contemporary literature. If you've ever let go of a dream and wished so badly for a second chance, read about Hudson's story. It's so good, you'll be smiling until your lips fall off!
BONUS: Each chapter begins with a cupcake description that best suits that chapter. YUM!