Friday, August 9, 2013

Book Review: The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler

The Book of Broken Hearts
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: May 21st 2013
Genre: Contemporary
Source: ARC from Publisher
Challenge(s): Standalone

When all signs point to heartbreak, can love still be a rule of the road? A poignant and romantic novel from the author ofBittersweet 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 an oath—with candles and a contract and everything—to never have anything to do with one.

Now Jude is the only sister still living at home, and she’s spending the summer helping her ailing father restore his vintage motorcycle—which means hiring a mechanic to help out. Is it Jude’s fault he happens to be cute? And surprisingly sweet? And a Vargas?

Jude tells herself it’s strictly bike business with Emilio. Her sisters will never find out, and Jude can spot those flirty little Vargas tricks a mile away—no way would she fall for them. But Jude’s defenses are crumbling, and if history is destined to repeat itself, she’s speeding toward some serious heartbreak…unless her sisters were wrong?

Jude may have taken an oath, but she’s beginning to think that when it comes to love, some promises might be worth breaking.

I'm not a fan of contemporary romance, but this isn't just another generic romance. In fact, I wouldn't put it under "romance" at all, because at the forefront of this novel is not a boy-girl relationship, but a father-daughter relationship.

This novel was expertly crafted in such a way that the words seemed to envelop me. It was actually kind of weird, because it didn't seem so much like I was reading a fiction book as hearing a real person tell their real story. I could feel the different emotions behind each word, and sympathize with Jude on all different levels.

Like I said, the romance isn't at the forefront of the novel, but it's still fully present. And even though I NEVER go for the "bad boy," I found myself liking Emilio Vargas a little bit more than I should have.

A heartwarming and surprisingly deep story of love and life, I highly recommend The Book of Broken Hearts, which makes for a great Summer (or anytime else) read!


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