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The Book of Broken Hearts

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When all signs point to heartbreak, can love still be a rule of the road? A poignant and romantic novel from the author of Bittersweet 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
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 21st 2013 by Simon Pulse
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Aug 07, 2013 Jude marked it as to-read
Shelves: in-my-shelf, 2013

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Okay so.. I don't want to sound dumb in assuming I 'inspired' that name But I did e-mail Sarah Ockler when I was 16 telling her I was a HUGE fan and that my real last name is Hernandez.

It's just... too much coincidence o_o

I feel special... even if I'm being

also, to everyone who's read this already


EDIT - I HAVE NOW READ THIS AND IT IS GLORIOUS. to everyone who hasn't yet read it, feel free to do the above - it does help.
Mar 13, 2014 Giselle rated it really liked it
Stories about Alzheimer's disease are so heartbreaking. It's such an evil, merciless disease that you can rarely see coming or do anything to stop it. When it hits so young like Jude's father, it's even more of a shock. Yes this is an emotional read, but it's also full of happy moments, romance, and hope.

The Book of Broken Hearts is both an emotional foray into the effects of Alzheimer's on a family, as well as a sweet love story. After her father is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's, all
May 02, 2013 ♥Rachel♥ rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

The Book of Broken Hearts sounded like a light, fun, maybe a little bit angsty romance, and it was that. But there was depth to this story as well. It was a story of family love and heartbreak.

Jude Hernandez is spending her last summer at home before going off to college with her parents. After her father is dealt a crushing diagnosis, Jude plans on spending as much time as possible with her Papi rebuilding his vintage motorcycle. What she doesn’t count on is Emilio Vargas being the me
This is the third book which I have devoured by Ockler and I have to say her books just keep getting better and better. The Book of Broken Hearts was everything I’d expected and so much more. It was a novel which seemed to focus on one story, but incorporated so many different aspects that could appeal to every reader.

Jude and her sisters Mari and Celi and Lourdes had taken on an oath to stay away from the Vargas brothers. After two of Jude’s sisters had been left heartbroken, it was agreed that
May 16, 2013 Keertana rated it really liked it
What's left to say about The Book of Broken Hearts? I feel as if all of Ockler's fans have already nit-picked this book apart and proved that it's perfect in every way that counts - and they're right. And yet, while I know for a fact that The Book of Broken Hearts is Ockler's best book by far, I enjoyed Bittersweet much more and there remains that slight troubling fact that there is always something about an Ockler novel that prevents me from giving it a full five stars. Which, admittedly, isn't ...more
Trish Doller
Feb 01, 2013 Trish Doller rated it it was amazing
When I first started I wasn't sure how I felt about Jude, but the longer I read, the more I loved her. I loved her family. I loved Emilio. This was just what I needed when I needed it and....SIGH.

Edited to add: And then I slept on it and when I woke up this morning I bumped it to five stars because it's really that good.
Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Books)
Feb 25, 2014 Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Books) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tbr-2013
I. Love. Sarah. Ockler. You should too!

Jude is spending her last summer home before leaving for college bonding with her dad... and taking care of him. He's sick and getting worse by the day. She gets the great idea to have his 1961 Harley restored hoping to get him to reconnect with his past and to keep him grounded for a little while longer. The mechanic that they can afford turns out to be totally crush-worthy... and a Vargas. Vargas is a dirty world in the Hernandez house, with 2 of the brot
Apr 30, 2013 Angie rated it it was ok
Originally reviewed here @ Angieville

It's difficult to resist the siren song of an as-yet-unread contemporary author, isn't it? For the most part, I tend to dip into those waters with caution. Sometimes I make out like gangbusters. And others I wind up feeling as though I was force-fed treacle, or that I was curiously emptied while reading the book rather than filled. I tell myself it's worth it, though, to find those gems that make your blood pump and the tips of your fingers tingle. I tell mys
May 04, 2016 Ömer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Klişe klişe klişe klişe :D
Straight up: I love how Ockler writes her protagonists. This is her fourth book, and each protagonists has been entirely individual with a distinct voice and unique vibe.

The Book of Broken Hearts is about family, especially Jude's relationship with her dad whom she loves so dearly. It is also about falling in love. And about living in the moment. None of this comes easy to Jude.

This book is so much I love about contemporary YA. It has the unputdownable sucked-into-a-story vibe. It has little un
I actually thought that this was going to be a light fluffy read but I was wrong. Sure, there were light and funny moments that had me cracking up, but at heart, an incredibly deep novel that touched me.
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
Love, love, love this book! It was unputdownable from the first page, up to the last. Sarah Ockler is one of those YA contemporary authors who actually writes books with normal characters mostly dealing with ordinary family problems. They are just like us and that's the reason it's so easy for me to relate to one or two of them.

You can tell a lot about an author from the way they shape their characters. They can be determined, perky, sarcastic, brave, loyal, witty, modest, independent and so on
Anna (
Mar 24, 2013 Anna ( rated it it was amazing
Twenty Boy Summer was “gut-wrenching to read, but beautifully done.” Bittersweet was “delightful.” So clearly I was already a fan going into this one. But, guys, I have to say: The Book of Broken Hearts is Sarah Ockler’s best book yet.

The family dynamics are beautiful, Jude's strength and growth is powerful and her relationship with Emilio -- gah! You are going to fall straight in love.

Full review to come on
Sep 19, 2013 Racquel rated it it was amazing
So Twenty Boy Summer was good. Fixing Delilah was great and Bittersweet is equally amazing if not slightly better. But The Book of Broken Hearts *might be* the best one yet (I need to reread it to make that decision. I flew through it too fast to comprehend some stuff. LOL) This book was very surprising because the plot is not what I was expecting at all.
May 17, 2013 nick rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Sarah Ockler is one of the few truly brilliant YA contemporary authors out there. I fell in love with her magical writing in Bittersweet and I knew that she would not disappoint with The Book of Broken Hearts. This was a book that was perfect in every sense. Not only was the reader showered with a romance that made me extremely possessive of the love interest, but also a story about a family struggling with a disease that caused a lump to be present in my throat throughout those scenes.

The chara
Aug 04, 2014 Alyssa rated it it was amazing
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: May 21, 2013
Rating: 5 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

Summary (from Goodreads):

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
Çok güzel bir hikayesi vardı. Özellikle karakterleri ayrı bi' beğendim.
Tadı damağımda kalmadı değil. Ufak bir devam okumak isterdim açıkçası.
Aslında güzel bir vargas serisi çıkarmış bu hikayeden ama yazar duygusal kısmını daha ön plana çıkarıp tek kitapta bitirmiş.Beklediğimden daha güzeldi.Juju arada sinir etsede beni sonunda olayları kabullendi.
Gonca Özgül
May 26, 2016 Gonca Özgül rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bir aşk kitabından daha fazlası.
I don't know why but this book didn't really worked for me, I was really excited to start it because I had heard SO MUCH about it since forever and reading the synopses it seemed like a perfect contemporary that is bound to make you cry but yeah, no.

The plot reminded me a lot of NA books, Jude is spending the summer before college taking care of her father, who has early Alzheimer, Jude and decides to rebuild his old motorcycle on the hopes of making they last summer with his memory memorable -
May 23, 2013 ~Tina~ rated it really liked it
Jude Hernandez is on a mission. She needs to find a mechanic that can help her and her Papi restore a 60's vintage motorcycle that her dad use to drive back in his glory days.
But, Jude had no clue that the only young mechanic that can be spared is no other then, Emilio.Freaking.Vargas. Rewind back to a 12 year old Jude, as she watches her sister crumble into pieces. The Vargas brothers strikes again, leaving nothing but endless tears and broken hearts in their path. From that day forward, the fo
May 02, 2013 Heather rated it it was amazing
Shelves: may-2013
* This is an ARC review.
Any excerpts or quotes are taken from an unfinished copy
and may therefore change prior to the final print*

I have been hearing GREAT things about Sarah Ockler's books for some time now. I even own one, Twenty Boy Summer, which I am embarrassed to say is sitting on my shelf as of yet unread. But after zooming through The Book of Broken Hearts you can rest assured that now I GET IT. I see what everyone has been talking about! I loved this book that was the perfect balance o
Liza Wiemer
Jun 15, 2013 Liza Wiemer rated it it was amazing
I was a huge fan of Sarah Ockler's before, but now . . . OMGosh!

The Book of Broken Hearts left me totally speechless and dazed. I absolutely fell in love with Jude and Emilio as they came to terms with some very serious issues - love, fear, family and how the early onset of Alzheimer's can strip the memory away from a loved one. Sarah captured the pain of what this horrible disease does to families while intermixing an incredible love story. The Book of Broken Hearts will break and mend your hea
Apr 01, 2013 Isamlq rated it really liked it
Two sides. There are two sides to this girl’s story: one more real in emotion than the other. I will be honest though, one side was more emotionally real than the other, but it's that less real part that had me smiling because the aspect driven by questions of loyalty and what now’s, that sad part? Well, it did what it was supposed to and had me feeling for all the sisters then wanting a bit of what they had for their parents, specifically for their father.

Fathers, daughters then sisters. The h
Jan 01, 2013 Kari rated it it was amazing
My favorite Sarah Ockler book to date. This one is painful and beautiful, with a romance that is so present and in the forefront yet feels background, at the same time, to everything else. The family element is huge in this one, and the entire book just has such strength to it. Jude is a fabulous character, with such a spunky wit to her yet she is also just so perceptive and caring. I love this girl, and this book, and cannot recommend it enough.
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
Loved it. Started and finished it in almost a single sitting, only breaking for a crying jag towards the end. It felt like this story was one I especially needed to read right now. Here is my full (video) review:
Mar 27, 2015 Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great book from Sarah Ockler. She excels at writing realistic contemporary fiction with the perfect blend of familial bonds, friendships and relationships. It never felt like the romance in this book overshadowed what was going on with the main character Jude's family who is going through a very hard time because Jude's father has early onset Alzheimer's. Jude is the youngest of four girls and she is the only one currently at home and so she devotes a lot of her summer after senior year ...more
Roza Dimka
May 21, 2013 Roza Dimka rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013-reads
3.5 stars

And once again I was fooled by the summary. The book of broken hearts? So not what the synopsis says. I started reading it thinking it'd be a light fun read with a little family drama and some cute guy. Oh don't get me wrong there was all of that but my thoughts of it being a light fun read dwindled away when I noticed that I had gotten attached to Jude and her father a little too much.

Our protagonist, Jude, is spending her last summer before college with her father who is slowly l
I am a creeping fan of Sarah Ockler's, which is an awkward term I just coined that is supposed to mean that my being a fan of hers crept up on me. Like, I never noticed I was a fan until I suddenly realized I've read all her books and eagerly anticipate when the next comes out. At ALA Midwinter, I walked by the S&S booth gazing longingly at their single ARC of The Book of Broken Hearts a dozen times. I asked at least two reps if I could have it (they said no). I waited in line at the end of ...more
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Sarah Ockler is the bestselling author of six young adult novels: The Summer of Chasing Mermaids, #scandal, The Book of Broken Hearts, Bittersweet, Fixing Delilah, and Twenty Boy Summer. Her books have been translated into several languages and have received numerous accolades, including ALA's Best Fiction for Young Adults, Girls' Life Top 100 Must Reads, Indie Next List, and nominations for YALSA ...more
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