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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 dre...more
Hardcover, 378 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by Simon Pulse
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Wendy Darling
If you're about to start reading this: put everything down. Step away from the book, find yourself a good half a dozen cupcakes first, and then come back. Because if you don't, you're going to spend a couple of hours in a frenzy of longing over the incredible desserts whipped up in this book and you may end up gnawing off your own arm.

Dark chocolate cupcakes with red peppermint mascarpone icing, edged with chocolate and crushed candy canes

Miniature banana cupcakes smeared with a thin layer of ho
Katrina Passick Lumsden
Why is it so damn hard to find a well-written, likeable protagonist? Why?!

So this book is about cupcakes, figure skating, hockey, and irrational bitches. Hudson Avery (why does her name sound like it's backwards?) is a spineless little wimp, and her mother is an oblivious, controlling shrew. I found it hilarious that while Hudson is trying to juggle school, waitressing (something she didn't want to do, but has to do to help out her mom), baking, training, helping a hockey team in exchange for r...more

There is something so sweet about falling in love for the first time (*).
About all those insecurities you might have, about not knowing what to choose, what is best for you.
About wanting to risk it all but fearing that you will lose everything, about dreaming with your eyes wide open, about waiting for a kiss that might never come..

There is something so sad about broken families (**), about the loneliness the kids might feel when the parents decide not to be part of their lives anymore.
It's in...more
Lisa O.
And the award for lousiest friend of the year goes to...

Hudson Avery!

The story starts with Hudson being on the verge of becoming a figure-skating star. On the day of a very important competition, she discovers her parents are about to divorce and her whole life shatters into pieces like a beautiful ice sculpture.
Fast-forward 4 years. Hudson Avery is now 16 and, besides going to school, she works in her mom's diner, baking the most delicious cupcakes ever.
She's permanently hung her skates, but...more
3.5 stars

I’ve just finished Bittersweet, and about three things I am absolutely positive. First, I really want a cupcake. Second, there’s a part of me – and I’m not sure just how determined this part of me is – that wants to brave the cold outside just to go get a cupcake right now. And third, I am undeniably and absolutely using this cupcake craving to delay writing a review.

Bittersweet is a decidedly cupcakeish book – sweet and indulgent. Heck, it even has a frosted cover.

The thing is, I don...more
Red Hot Double Crush Cakes:
Ginger vanilla cupcakes with chilli-infused dark chocolate cream cheese frosting, dusted with cinnamon.

Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you, the cupcake Queen of Watonka! That's right, Hudson is the queen of everything cupcake and a wonderful character to boot. Living in a humble little town just getting by on her mother's diner income, Hudson has thrown herself into creating (delicious) cupcakes to forget that she once had big dreams. However, these dreams are b...more
Bittersweet was one of those books which leaves you with warm fuzzies, it’s a book full with banter, fun, charming characters and mouth-watering cupcakes that you can’t help but smile your way through it.

Hudson was a talented skater, she had the raw talent, and drive to get really far, until on the night of her regionals at the empire games (view spoiler). Her father always supported her through her skating career, bro...more
Sarah Ockler has secured herself a place on my must-buy author list. I really enjoyed her previous two novels Twenty Boy Summer and Fixing Delilah but I think her third release, Bittersweet, is my favourite.

On the surface, there is not big drama or conflict in the book: it is a coming of age book involving ice skating, friendship, cupcakes, hockey boys and family. Yet, Ockler masterfully builds tension, in a quiet and compelling way the whole way through (with an achey mess of a climax, poor Hu...more
Hudson Avery is the Cupcake Queen of Watonka, not a title she was really aiming for. But while trying to distract her brother Bug from the pain of their father's desertion by baking with him, she ends up making really amazing cupcakes for her mother's diner, Hurley's.

Hudson has had a tough three years. Right before an important skating competition Hudson realizes that her dad has been cheating on her Mom. Hudson feels that their marriage problems are the result of the extra pressure, and demand...more
Bittersweet's recipe for success!

1 cup of outstanding cast
I'm going to make a big sweeping statement here. Get ready. Hudson, Dani, Bug, Josh, Will and the rest of the Wolves are Ockler's most memorable characters by far. The chemistry between them shone through on each page and made this book so enjoyable to read. I kinda want to give them all a big hug. Where can I find myself a friend like Dani? Love that girl.

A sprinkle of dreamy prose
When I think of Sarah Ockler, I think of gorgeous, drea...more
Audrey  *Ebook and Romance Lover*
****Full Review Below****

5 delicious cupcakes!

"I've never met a problem a proper cupcake couldn't fix."

Cupcakes, Cupcakes everywhere!!



Bittersweet was a really original, adorable, funny, and sad story. It was about love, ice skating, hope, and dreams, and trying, and wanting, and... Cupcakes.

I first heard about this book from my best friend. She recommend it to me and I of course got it from the library and read it.

Hudson Avery:


Hudson is one of those awesome characters and I loved her. She wa...more
Yays! For a while there I was worried that the YA contemps would be bust this year, what with my last two picks being so non-stellar. But my 4-hour read to 3 in the morning with BITTERSWEET proves otherwise. And while my back says Ouch, Josh and Bug were worth it. I’m half tempted to bring out my fangirl gif.

Picture me thoroughly charmed because I liked all of them. Hudson Avery in particular is big surprise because I don’t normally go for girls her type… the sad on purpose type, the solo fligh...more
Holy cupcakes, this book was sweet! I don't know what I was expecting when I started Bittersweet, but it definitely wasn't this: a deep, provocative, compelling yet fun story. I completely fell in love with Hudson; her struggles, her relationships, her plethora of mistakes, her revelations, and, of course, her cupcakes!

It has been three years since Hudson's parents split up, three years since her father cheated on her mother, yet his infidelity still seems to hang over their life like a plague...more
I decided that I needed to write even MORE about how much I love this book over at Clear Eyes, Full Shelves.


FNL Character Rating: TAMI AND ERIC!!!!!!

Full Disclosure: I grew up in the Buffalo region and used to figure skate. When I first started reading, I considered making a drinking game out of this book whenever the author referred to something that induced regional nostalgia. After ten pages, I realized if I actually went through with it, I would have to...more
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I wasn't exactly a Sarah Ockler fan and while so many people raved about her debut, Twenty Boy Summer, I was just pretty lukewarm about it. So I wasn't very interested to read her newest book, Bittersweet until I started reading cute reviews about it from some of my trusted reviewers. Curious, I borrowed a copy from a friend and read the first few pages, and before I knew it, I was halfway through. :D

Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler is about Hudson Avery, whose bright fi...more
"Like I always say: I've never met a problem a proper cupcake couldn't fix.

If this were the case, I wouldn't be able to fit through the door in a matter of weeks. Nevertheless, a good cupcake is always appreciated.

I feel obliged to warn you not to read this book on an empty stomach. Even the strong-willed individuals and the ones who claim they cannot easily be tempted will dream of extra-large lemon cupcakes with light pink vanilla cream cheese icing, topped with a maraschino cherry or vanilla...more
Dec 02, 2012 Victoria rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those who wants to read a book about flawed-relatable characters that explore real-life situations
Recommended to Victoria by: Wendy Darling's awesome review
After some disappointments from reading YA PNR, I decided to stop reading those books for a while and focused on realistic fiction for a time. Luckily, my library has this book and I was fortunate to take this book with me to read. From glancing at the beautiful, creative cover and reading the blurb in the book, I just got a good feeling that I will enjoy it! And you know what?! I was right!

You know there're some books that totally deserve every one of those stars? Well Bittersweet deserves it....more
Arg, Goodreads--way to eat my review that I just spent more time than I should have writing...

So, I'll try to reconstruct my thoughts more briefly. (My original review was awesome, though, haha.)

I have a feeling that Bittersweet will be one of those books that people read in very different ways. Some will read it as a "cute" book with a cupcake theme, some with grasp onto the sports themes or the small town story, while others will see it more as a divorce novel. It certainly took me by surpris...more
This book is such a cute, sweet and fluffy read. I had a so much fun reading this. I laughed and drooled a lot in this book (oh, just imagine those cupcakes, yum!). The characters are adorable and brilliant, especially Hudson. That girl is just really funny and hilarious. This is my first Sarah Ockler book and I loved her writing style, and those cupcake descriptions are just soo yummy it left me totally craving.

After reading the prologue I thought this was a serious, dramatic type of book. But...more
I think I can sum up my feelings of this book in two words: Just. Plain. Adorable.

I loved each and every character, the story had me flying through the pages, I couldn't get enough.

And whoa, talk about swooning? Yeah. I did that. A lot.

This isn't so much a review as it is a gushing about how much I loved this book, but please forgive me.

I want snow, and Ice Skates, and Cupcakes. I feel nostalgic for something I've never even experienced.

Sarah Ockler has impressed me again; I loved Twenty Boy Sum...more
Lori (Pure Imagination)
This book was after my heart from the start (I'm a poet!). It won it over very quickly, too. Then it was all giggles and cupcakes for the rest of the book. Really, I just loved this book. Let me count the ways:

Firstly, it's Sarah Ockler. She can write some great contemporary. This book, like Twenty Boy Summer, was the perfect balance of serious and fun. Hudson is definitely facing some obstacles. She's in way over her head, but she is witty and just utterly likeable. I laughed out loud on seve...more
4.5 Stars

This was a wonderful read. Light and fluffy, sugary and sweet…just like Hudson’s wonderful cupcakes.

There were so many things that were right about this book:

1. The gorgeous prose. Ockler’s writing is a pleasure to read. Whimsical and dreamy, the novel would not have been the same without it.

When you're out here alone, contemplating all the things you didn't do and the person you didn't become ... if you think about it too long a hush seeps into the gray space, and the wind will hollo...more
Oh, Lord. I am so severely disappointed with this book. I was so flipping excited for it! There were some pretty good/decent reviews and I was thinking: hmm this looks like a cool, fun, and girly book. Right? No. See, I didn't know this book would be that cliche. I knew it had some Sarah Dessenish aspects to it, with the lost girl, divorced parent, silly best friend stuff that we tend to read a lot about. However, the insta-love, man. How much more cliched could that get?

1. Girl and boy literal...more
Kajal Nehra
4.25 to 4.75 stars!

Cupcake overload!!!
I'm making all those cupcakes someday. I swear!

Princess Pink a.k.a Hudson Avery took my breath away. She's a smart-ass, totally sassy, blabbering away whenever she sees Josh. :D Purrr-fect sense of humour. Truly.
This book is full of funny, sugary sweet, witty, sensitive, emotional, cute, intense moments and well everything else too!
I found myself enjoying each and every line of it. Each and every cupcake recipe in it. Opening up YouTube and looking up each a...more
4.5 stars

Another fantastic book by Sarah Ockler. I just love the way she writes. She would have to be one of my top ten favorite authors. Her prose is gorgeous and full of emotion. There is always a great family dynamic and sweet romance (the woman knows how to write crush worthy guys). However, I will say that Hudson is probably my least favourite main character out of all of Ockler's books. I did like her but she frustrated me at times.

Overall, if you are a fan of Twenty Boy Summer and Fixin...more
God, I really enjoyed this book. Fixing Delilah made my allegiance to Ockler's waver, but Bittersweet has renewed my faith in her ability to write the type of realistic fiction that can carefully walk the line between the heavy and fluffy. I'm really looking forward to her next book!
Cutesy YA books are not my usual flavor of choice. However, I spotted this gem while browsing the YA section at my library and thought: what the hell. The cover is adorable enough.

I'm glad I picked it up. It definitely had the cutesy and lighthearted aspects I was expecting, but it also touched on real world issues like divorce, financial troubles, losing friends, and broken hearts. Hudson and Co. made this book. I loved Bug, the Wolf Pack, Dani (despite her selfish behavior towards the middle)...more
Lena ♫ ♪
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,...more
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
4 out of 5 stars!

I just. . . loved this. While the beginning had me seeing echoes of the start of the film Stick It , it's easy and impossible not to be won over by this cute baking/hockey teenaged love story. I had fun reading it, I wanted to read it when I wasn't, and I feel comfortable - nay excited! - recommending it to others. If those are not the signs of a good book, I don't know what are. This is exactly the kind of adorable, heart-felt book centered around baking that I wanted to read l...more
Sarah-anne Bervoets
Cupcakes + Josh Blackthorn = YUM

“I've never met a problem a proper cupcake couldn't fix.”


“It takes forty muscles to frown, and only twelve to jam a cupcake in your mouth and get over it.”

I really loved the Cupcake theme and the Figure skating! It was a really interesting and different change for me.

Throughout the book, Hudson always described her work at the Diner as taxing or boring, she didn't really let on about it being all that exciting which is why it surprised me when she had her epi...more
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Sarah Ockler is the bestselling author of novels for teens, including The Book of Broken Hearts, Bittersweet, Fixing Delilah, and the critically acclaimed Twenty Boy Summer, a YALSA Teens' Top Ten nominee and IndieNext List pick. Her latest, #scandal, hits the shelves in June 2014.

Sarah is a champion cupcake eater, coffee drinker, night person, and bookworm. When she's not writing or reading at h...more
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