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3.76  ·  Rating details ·  11,962 ratings  ·  1,194 reviews
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
Hardcover, 378 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by Simon Pulse
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Tatiana Engativa Since she is 17 years old, I would think she is a senior in high school.
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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
Oct 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing

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.
Jan 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: swoooooon, ya-lit, ebook
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
Claude's Bookzone
CW: (view spoiler)

Well that was quite funny and engaging!

This was such a pleasant surprise. I thought Hudson was quirky and endearing as she struggled to realise her dreams of being a figure skater in and amongst family responsibilities, finding time for her friends, and the new challenge of helping the boys ice hockey team end their losing streak. It was cheesy in parts, but not the overly cringe inducing variety, just the normal
Jan 16, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Dec 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, ebook
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
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
Sep 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-favorites
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
Laurence R.
Nov 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is such a sweet book!! (Pun intended).
Apr 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four Stars: Grab a cupcake and curl up with this wintery read.

Hudson Avery is feeling trapped and frustrated. Three years ago when she was fourteen, in a moment of anger and annoyance toward her father and his adultery, she threw her ice skating competition and gave up on her dreams as a figure skater. These days, Hudson works in her mom's struggling diner, trying to help keep the doors open. Hudson is known as the Cupcake Queen, as her delicious cupcake confections have helped keep the diner g
"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
There are many elements in this book I want to touch on that I don't know where to start. This is going to be a long a** review which may or may not contain spoilers so bear with me. For starters; overall, I felt this book progressed very slowly at the beginning but maybe that was just me because I was coming out of a slump. It opened a lot of storylines: skating competition, Josh, Will, Dani, Kara, working at Hurley's as a waitress, etc. The ending, while cute, was kind of crowded. Ockler was t ...more
Jan 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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
Amirah I.
I was going to give this book no less than 4 stars..initially. The first half was good. I love how the story opened up with flashbacks of Avery's life "before" the incident- Before her family crumbles up. Before she screws her own life. And also before she lives in a shadow of regret of her own making.

It was sad when she talked about the shoulda-coulda-woulda, the path she could have taken, if given another chance. The disappointment and regret she's feeling kicked me hard in my gut because I ca
Jay G
Nov 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
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Hudson Avery used to be a skating star until her father left her family and shattered all her dreams. Now she works at her family's diner as the designated Cupcake Queen. Then news of a skating scholarship comes to her small town and she needs to decide whether she's going to dust off her skates and try to make her dreams come true or hang them up forever.

Honestly, this book was just b
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
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cheese, meh, insta-love
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
Mar 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, 2015
Would 'sorry' have made any difference? Does it ever? It's just a word. One word against thousand actions.

This was one hell of a rollercoaster.

Parts of it were dragging on and on,but then other parts were really exciting. I loved most of the first half, but had my problems with the second. I don't even quite know what to say. This story really messed with my feelings. But I have to say that sadly during the second half, annoyance and frustration outweighed the good things. There was just so muc
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 rea
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
GUYS. This book is SO GOOD. I can tell you precisely, down to the page number, when I decided this book was getting 5 stars.

After Hudson has her first in-school encounter with ice hockey co-captain Josh Blackthorn, in which they connect over similar tastes in music and she agrees to help him with his skating (a cute scene alone) page 82: "Overly Analytical Mind, engaged" where Hudson begins to dissect every minute action and word in her most recent Josh interaction, you know, as we do. It was so
Jan 04, 2012 rated it liked it
It takes forty muscles to frown, and only twelve to jam a cupcake in your mouth and get over it.

3 and a half stars

This book is perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen. So far, I've read Bittersweet and Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler and I find the themes/writing style is quite similar to Sarah Dessen.

I liked this but I didn't connect with it enough to feel much more than mild like. The premise sounded so promising. I've always loved watching figure skating and I adore cupcakes possibly more tha
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
Cassandra (Thebookishcrypt)
Mar 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was my second book by Sarah, and I didn't like it as much as the first, but it was still pretty interesting to read.
This book follows Hudson, a girl with a fond love for skating and baking. Her mom owns a family restaurant and I was intrigued from the start since I have a weakness for family restaurant stories. Hudson has a pretty intense imagination, one that I wasn't a fan of at times. It was just too much for me and since I was more focused on the actual story than her imagination, I fel
Kajal Nehra
Jan 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kajal by: Devyani
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
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