Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler


Title: Bittersweet

Author: Sarah Ockler

Rating System: 5 out 5 stars

First copyright: January 3rd 2012

Publisher:  Simon Pulse

Short Summary: 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…

 5 delicious cupcakes!

“I’ve never met a problem a proper cupcake couldn’t fix.”

Cupcakes, Cupcakes everywhere!!


Bittersweet was a really original, adorable, funny, and sad story. It was about love, ice skating, hope, and dreams, and trying, and wanting, and… Cupcakes.

I first heard about this book from my best friend. She recommend it to me and I of course got it from the library and read it.

Hudson Avery:


Hudson is one of those awesome characters and I loved her. She was sassy, she had cute cupcake names for her cupcakes, she was a daydreamer, and she had a serious thing for hockey boys ;D. Her story is kinda sad. It starts way back when she was 14 and was following her father’s dream which was of course:ICE SKATING. Something terrible happened that ended her ice skating career and ended her friendship with her best friend from that time. After that, Hudson is trying to find what she really wants and trying to find out who she really is. Hudson also, lives a lot in the past. Regretting some of the things she did and blaming her dad for what had happened. She is LONELYand trying to support her family.


“When you’re out here alone, contemplating all the things you didn’t do and the person you didn’t become … if you think about it too long a hush seeps into the gray space, and the wind will hollow out your bones, and the purest kind of loneliness comes up from the inside to swallow you like an avalanche.”




Josh was the guy that Hudson always liked and made her happy. I loved Josh. They didn’t mention him that much in the book but from what I read, I just loved him. He was sweet, funny, and really shy. And he was a hockey player. Josh also has problems in his life that lead him and Hudson to become very good friends.

So the story goes on and now Hudson is 17 almost poor. She has a new best friend and she bakes cupcakes at her moms diner. Then we get to the part of when Hudson and Josh meet. Hudson is ice skating in a pond behind her mother’s back.

(When she was 14 she had a big competition. That day she found out her dad was having an affair and that just about messed her up. She decided to not win the competition and her dad walked out of her life forever. Her mom was never really into ice skating. But Hudson was. So ice skating reminds Hudson’s mom of her dad.) So she goes ice skating to think, daydream,and regret somethings she did. And BOOM!!… she collides with Josh.


“No permanent damage, right?”
“Nah.” Just the temporary mental kind, causing my mind to wander dangerously into forbidden crush territory

When they look at each other and say sorry Josh tells her she is an awesome ice skater. He then asks her if she could teach his Hockey team some moves since they have never won a single game. She agrees to help them, behind her mother’s back. At first it’s not easy to train the guys, since she is a girl. But later on she earns their respect and makes an awesome friendship with the team who call her Princess Pink.

“Ladies and gentlemen, Princess Pink has officially brung it.” 

In exchange she can skate in their rink everyday.(She never does get credit for the team winning, but in the end she doesn’t care. She is just glad they won every game and she could ice skate.)


As the story goes on they send Hudson a letter. This letter is sent to the girls that used to skate or still skate in the company that Hudson used to skate in. The letter is inviting her to participate in a skating competition where you can win a scholarship. She immediately sees this as an opportunity to leave Watonka and go to college,since her mom can’t afford it. But she can’t leave. It’s too hard.

“But there’s something about Watonka, they say. Something that pulls us back, the electromagnet that holds all the metal in place. It’s the food, they say, or the chicken wings or the sports teams or the people or the way the air over the Skyway smells like Cheerios on account of the old General Mills Plant.”

The story goes on and her life keeps changing. She is now a waitress in her mom’s Diner(Her mom wants her to work there and be the owner one day, like her.), her friendship is kind of failing with her best friend (ever since she started doing all the things she is doing.), she has a new love interest (Will, the hockey captain.), and she is ice skating, more than ever and practicing for the competition.She is also trying to provide for her family and trying to forgive her father who only sends her pictures of his new life through the blog he has.


“Everyone says that the internet is so awesome because you can connect with people from all over the world, but I think it’s the opposite. The internet doesn’t make it easier to connect with anyone—it just makes it so you don’t really have to.”

In the end great things happen. She is honest with her mother and she breaks up with Will and goes with josh, she fixes her friendship with her ex-bff and bff, she doesn’t leave Watonka or does the competition and she forgives her father.

I loved this story.


This was a really beautiful story about forgiveness, hope, family, friendship, and love. This story made me realize that life is hard and that it is not a fairy tale. Life is full of mistakes, pain, sadness and loneliness.

Bittersweet was an amazing awesome story. All the characters were excellent, funny and the best. I could read it over and over again.
In the end Hudson can ice skate freely and forever.


Honestly this is the best I could come up with for a review. Beautiful is he word for this book.

Sarah Okler is the best author and she wrote a beautiful book. She deserves applause’s:


“Would ‘sorry’ have made any difference? Does it ever? It’s just a word. One word against a thousand actions.”


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