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Bittersweet

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From the author of Twenty Boy Summer, a teen pushes the limits to follow her dreams--and learns there's a fine line between bitter and sweet.... 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 dreams, Hudson is equal parts hopeful and terrified. Of course, this is also the moment a cute, sweet guy walks into her life--and starts serving up some seriously mixed signals. She's got a lot on her plate, and for a girl who's been burned before, risking it all is easier said than done. It's time for Hudson to ask herself what she really wants, and how much she's willing to sacrifice to get it. Because in a place where opportunities are fleeting, she knows this chance may very well be her last....show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 378 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 25mm | 340.19g
  • Simon Pulse
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1442430362
  • 9781442430365
  • 141,895

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"At its heart, this story is about family, community, and communication, and Hudson narrates it with warmth and wry humor."Bittersweet "is a book worth recommending." --School Library Journalshow more

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10,867 ratings
3.77 out of 5 stars
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4 34% (3,714)
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2 8% (839)
1 3% (279)

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Hudson Avery is an incredible baker, and ex-competitive ice-skater, 17 year old girl stuck in a dead-end job working at her mum's diner, helping to keep the family afloat after her dad walked out. She's fed up of her typical small town life and she can't wait to get out of there. So when she is given the chance to win a scholarship that could send her to any school she could dream of, and all she has to do is brush of her old skates and complete her old routine. The only problem is ice-skating used to be her and her dad's thing and the minute he left she hung up her skate for good. With a tight work schedule, a not very supportive mum, a little brother to look after, cakes to bake and nowhere to skate she doesn't think she'll even have the chance. Until her the one person who can change her life literally crashes into her. This is a very sweet and heartfelt book. It sounds like a typical `I'm too good for this place so I'm going to figure out a way to leave' kind of story but it truly has a very sweet and sad side to it. Hudson and her family are obviously still broken and trying to pick up the pieces after her father left and she's still struggling to find herself somewhere in-between what both her parents wanted her to be while also trying to figure out her place in high school. She's lost and desperate to leave. She always seems to be stuck between a rock and a hard place. Stuck in choosing who she wants to be, what she wants to do, who her friends are and who she wants to be with. And Ockler has this incredible way of writing that makes you feel stuck right alongside her. I loved this book, all the characters seemed so real and perfect in how flawed they were but they always managed to stick together in the end and work things out. I loved the books ending. It wasn't some magical fairy-tale where everything got sorted out but it felt so real and the best out of a bad situation. It really was bittersweet.show more
by Iona
(Source: I own a copy of this book.) 17-year-old Hudson was once a figure skating queen, but after her father divorced her mother, and left them all behind, she turned her back on the thing that he loved to do - skating. Now Hudson is the teen cupcake queen in her hometown, and spends plenty of time developing new recipes and helping out at her mother's caf�??�??�??�??�??�??�??�??�¢??�??�??�¢??�??�¢??�??�?�©. Hudson hasn't been able to let the skating go completely though, and she's been skating secretly on a nearby frozen lake. When she receives a letter telling her about a skating scholarship worth $50,000, she knows that it's time to pick up her skates again, if she's any hope of getting out of town and making a life elsewhere. When the school ice hockey team ask her for help improving their skills, it seems like the ideal opportunity to get in some time on the ice that she otherwise couldn't afford, and she agrees to help. Can Hudson really win the skating scholarship though? Can she ever be more than a waitress at her mother's caf�??�??�??�??�??�??�??�??�¢??�??�??�¢??�??�¢??�??�?�©? And which of the guys on the hockey team is really worth her time? This was a fun YA contemporary story, with a dash of romance that left me seriously hungering for cupcakes! Hudson was a girl who seemed to devote herself to whatever she was into at the time, and when she realised that her skating could still mean something to her she threw herself wholeheartedly into picking up where she left off. It was quite bad that she felt like she couldn't confide in her mother what she was doing, but I also understood that she didn't want to remind her mom of her father, who left them. Hudson did seem quite secretive though, and hid a lot from both her friends and family, and seemed to have left a lot of people behind as she switched from one obsession to the next. The romance in this story was in the form of a love triangle unfortunately. Why Hudson ever started something with Will was quite beyond me though. Admittedly he was captain of the team, and good looking, but it was Josh that she got to know first, and Josh who she really clicked with, so I got a bit angry at her for getting involved with Will. I liked the skating part of the story, but I much preferred the cupcake part of the story! Hudson's inventions sounded really tasty, and I couldn't wait to get in the kitchen and start baking! The ending wasn't exactly what I expected, but was happy enough, I was also happy with the way that Hudson finally seemed happy with what she had in life. Overall; a fun YA contemporary mixing ice skating and cupcake making. 7 out of 10.show more
by Sarah Elizabeth
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