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The Book of Broken Hearts

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  12,036 ratings  ·  1,005 reviews
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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Oct 03, 2012 marked it as to-read

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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

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.
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, audiobook
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
Feb 22, 2013 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
Aj the Ravenous Reader
4.5 stars

It hit too close to home. Whenever I encounter one of Jude’s dad’s breakdowns, I am transported to the time my dad had a mild stroke three years ago and for two weeks he had difficulty in speech and confused simple terms like “hat” became “soap”. I was completely heartbroken even though my dad was already 70 at that time and those were only temporary symptoms. He recovered quickly.

I could not imagine how devastating it must be for Jude to have a father who seems vibrant and healthy i
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
Trish Doller
Jan 31, 2013 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.
Feb 14, 2013 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
Apr 30, 2013 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
Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Books)
Nov 27, 2012 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
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
Oct 24, 2012 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
Kace | The Booknerd

I can’t believe I didn’t read this book sooner! It’s been sitting on my reader since last year. It honestly had me from the start, which is very unusual for me with contemporary books or more like YA book… but I wasn’t able to stop with this one. I did not want to stop. I was captivated by the story until its last stinky page. The Book of Broken Hearts is a perfect blend of sweet, heartwarming, with a dash of heartache and a whole lot of sweet, tender moments. Plus, the characters were well-writ
Oct 03, 2012 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. ...more
nick (the infinite limits of love)
Oct 09, 2012 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
Feb 23, 2013 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
Liza Wiemer
Apr 11, 2013 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
Oct 05, 2012 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
Samantha (WLABB)
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The synopsis for this book does this story no justice. Yes, there was the whole Vargas boys heartbreaker history in there, but for me, the real story was about Jude connecting with her father, coming to terms with his illness, and finding her voice.

It all started with Jude wanting to do something special for her father. She wanted to restore his beloved motorcycle hoping that it would help him hold on to some of the memories from his past. She wanted to do this for him, because his early onset A
Aug 15, 2012 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
Feb 24, 2013 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
Aug 14, 2012 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: ...more
Rashika (is tired)
Actual Rating 4.5

“Family tragedies had a way of smashing everything apart and then gluing it all back together”

This is a book about heart breaks. Heart breaks happen in all relationships, whether it’s your friends, your family or someone you’re in love with.

It isn’t a romance, sure there is romance in it but the focus is on how a family is dealing with illness. Jude’s father was diagnosed with an early onset of Alzheimer's and is losing his memories little by little. Jude, hoping she can bring
Apr 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I would have gave this a better rating if it wasn't for the horrible sentence structures and grammar errors. Did she not edit this book good enough ? it was a cute story but I'm glad I just borrowed if from the library. ...more
Cristina (Girl in the Pages)
Well it looks like fourth time is the charm for me and Sarah Ockler, because I finally found a book by her that I truly adored. The Book of Broken Hearts took me back to the days of YA contemporary by the likes of Sarah Dessen and I got all of the same great vibes here- strong, developed family relationships, takes place over the summer, a forbidden's the perfect YA read for a teenager. I loved the dynamic of the Hernandez sisters and their "book of broken hearts" and associated pac ...more
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 the ...more
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Check out more of my reviews at ***Singing and Reading in the Rain***!

How do I give The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler justice? I loved almost every single minute of it, and Sarah Ockler did not disappoint as I previously feared.

Jude, our main character, is so witty, and I loved seeing things through her point of view because the little quips she made in reaction to life were priceless. It was a quirky character trait of Jude, and it provided a little bit of comic relief to all of the oth
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