Sunday, July 7, 2013

Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler - OPTIONAL

Ockler, Sarah  Bittersweet, 378 pgs.  Simon Pulse, 2012. $9.99  Content: Language: PG-13 (58 swears; 12 God); Mature Content: PG; Violence: G. 
Hudson used to be an ice skater with Olympic dreams, and she used to have a dad who helped her with those dreams, but then her dad cheated on her mom and Hudson gave up her dreams of ice skating.  Now she helps her mom at the family diner by making cupcakes.  She receives an invitation to participate in an ice skating competition for a college scholarship and she decides that she wants to get back into skating.  While skating at the lake, she runs into the co-captain of the hokey team, Josh.  Josh tells Hudson that if she helps the team improve then he will get her ice time on a real rink.  Hudson soon finds herself with too many things going on in her life and she is letting down the people that she loves. 
This is a good book about following your dreams, but also loving where you are in life.  Hudson learns important lessons about trusting her friends and family.  The romance makes the story sweeter, but at times Hudson’s lack of communication can be really frustrating. 
MS, HS-OPTIONAL.  Reviewer, C. Peterson. 

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