Monday, January 5, 2015

Audio Review: Bittersweet






Title: Bittersweet
Author: Sarah Ockler
Release Date: January 3, 2012
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 378
Rating: 2 Cows






Goodreads Description:

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.


Note: This review does contain spoilers. I found it too difficult to state what I didn't like about this novel without giving details to the plot. 
Please do not read this review if you don't want any spoilers. 

It pains me to write this review. Why might you ask? Well, you see Sarah Ockler wrote one of my all time favorite books, Twenty Boy Summer. Twenty Boy Summer is a book that came along at the perfect time in my life. I was struggling with a loss and this book helped me through it. I was able to relate to it. I loved Twenty Boy Summer which is why it pains me to say that I pretty much hated Bittersweet. 

I didn't hate Bittersweet in the beginning. I actually rather enjoyed it. As the book progressed, I found myself rolling my eyes more and more. The storyline was predictable and even worse were that the characters where annoying, especially the female characters. 

Let's start with Hudson, our main character. Hudson starts off as a fairly likeable character. However, as the story progresses, Hudson becomes very whiny. She complains constantly about how much she hates helping her mom at the diner and hates waitressing but yet she never says no to her mom until the very end of the novel when she says no but then comes right back. Hudson's mom is selfish and doesn't allow Hudson to have her own life. I get that she is struggling and trying to keep the diner open but for her to never consider how much pressure she is putting on her teenage daughter was frustrating. Dani seemed really cool in the beginning but then she threw a complete personality change once Hudson decided she wanted to start skating again. Kara, Hudson's ex-best friend, actually had a reason to be upset with Hudson. I mean I would have been upset if my best friend did that to me then never spoke to me again but the book makes her look kind of pathetic by acting like she's still chasing after her ex-boyfriend. 

I did like the guys in Bittersweet more but they weren't enough to save the book. Both Will and Josh seemed to be decent guys for the most part. I did get annoyed that Will had his little secret and was being shady. Josh frustrated me because he never let Hudson say what she wanted to say. He kept cutting her off and walking away and then Hudson of course just let him. 

Now, for the dreaded plot. It was so predictable. I kept rolling my eyes thinking, "Of course this is how it's going to play out." Hudson spends all this time training for this competition so she can get a scholarship and get out this terrible town but then in the end she decides that skating didn't really make her happy. I spent 8 hours listening to how much Hudson missed skating and how she wanted her old life back and wanted to compete only to discover that she actually was happy making cupcakes. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with baking cupcakes. I love cupcakes but don't waste 8 hours of my life talking about how much you dislike your life now only to change it. 

This book frustrated me to no end. I actually stopped listening right after Hudson decides to not skate in the competition. I just couldn't handle it. There was still about an hour left of the audio but I scanned the book shortly before writing this review to see if the ending would in some way change my feelings toward this book. It did not. In the end, Bittersweet was a bitter disappointment for me. 




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