Book Review: THE BOOK OF BROKEN HEARTS

the book of broken hearts coverAuthor: Sarah Ockler

Number of Pages: 352

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Release Date: May 21, 2013

“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.”

– Goodreads.com

The Book of Broken Hearts is an all-around great summer read. It’s light, fun, and adorable, yet it still deals with tough issues that young people have to face today.

It is narrated from the perspective of Jude, the main character, and her personality shines brightly through the writing. She’s bubbly, easy to relate to, and is quite entertaining. Sometimes it was a little over the top with stereotypical teenage slang and it was obvious that an adult was trying to write from a teenage girl’s perspective. However, overall her narration really added a lot of spark and spunk to the story. As someone interested in learning the Spanish language, I also enjoyed the incorporation of Spanish words into the story. It added depth to the culture of Jude and Emilio’s families and makes this book unique from much of the young adult contemporary genre.

What I loved most about this book was how it balanced light and darkness, both the positive and negative aspects of life. For example, there was plenty of fun, adorable romance between Jude and Emilio. But their relationship was not all smooth-sailing, and they did experience rough spots along the way. Another example is Jude’s family life. Her father is quirky and fun, but he is struggling with memory loss. At times he gives Jude great advice and makes her laugh, but then a moment later he forgets where they are or how to drive home. It’s a heart-breaking but heart-warming balance, and Sarah Ockler executed it perfectly.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. I love the multidimensional quality of it, how it was cute on the surface but darker as you explored its deeper layers. If you’re looking for solid YA read this summer, definitely pick this one up!

My Rating: :0) :0) :0) :0) 4 out of 5 smileys.

Would I recommend it to a friend?: Yes!!

Have you ever read this book? What were your thoughts on it? Would you recommend any of Sarah Ockler’s other books? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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