Release Date: May 21, 2013
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Review Source: Edelweiss
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)My Thoughts:
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 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.
‘The Book of Broken Hearts’ is a very touching story about family, and especially about the father/daughter bond. The book features Jude, who is dealing with her Dad having early onset Alzheimer's. I can’t even imagine how difficult that situation must be, and Jude, of course, is having a tough time with it. She thinks that she can fix her Dad by fixing up his old motorcycle, an object of great importance to him.
Emilio comes along to help fix the motorcycle, and he is all kinds of hot. He’s a Vargas, which Jude has been warned about (see: book description), but he's so different from what she expects. I loved (!!) Emilio, and how he was such a good guy; he was so patient, both with Jude and her Dad. Most guys would be scared off by an adult with episodes like Jude’s dad has, but he really cared about the family and didn’t pity them at all, like most people would.
I would also be remiss not to mention another favourite character of mine, Pancake the dog. I love when authors can write such cute moments with animal characters who feel like real friends.
This is a great book about so many important things. It’s about time and memories, about learning how to take life one day at a time and to embrace today because you can't know what the future will hold. It’s also about standing up for yourself and knowing what's right. Sarah Ockler does a fabulous job of bringing up these issues naturally in the context of the story, without making them seem like platitudes. ‘The Book of Broken Hearts’ is a touching family story that has a very sweet romance aspect as well. Highly recommended for YA contemporary fans.
It's cute, I think it might look better in person.
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