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Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler
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Jul 24, 2012

really liked it
Read in July, 2012

I just loved "Twenty Boy Summer" so I was looking forward to reading Ockler's new title. "Summer" was such a hard-hitting, real book that it created a hornet's nest of controversy. "Bittersweet" felt like a different book in a lot of ways. It reminded of a Sarah Dessen book. Hudson is a young lady in crisis. Her family disintegrates after her father is caught in an infidelity and with him go her lifelong dreams. She finds herself three years later hiding behind the title of "Cupcake Queen"--or so she believes. Baking is her refuge, but she doesn't want the life she believes her mother has planned out for her. In this working, single-parent family, a lot of the parenting falls on Hudson. This is probably true for quite a lot of teens out there, so they will be able to relate to Hudson. In fact, it might be true in two-parent working families as well. All too often, teens find themselves in the position of parenting their siblings, so Hudson will probably strike a chord with a lot of readers. She wants more out of her life, but is terrified that she is stuck. She doesn't want to hurt the people she loves, but doesn't know how else to break free. And there is a slow, sweet romance here that is just adorable. Not quite "Twenty Boy Summer," but still a worthwhile read.
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