Review: The Book of Broken Hearts

The Book of Broken Hearts
by Sarah Ockler
YA Contemporary
May 21st 2013 by Simon Pulse
May 28th 2013 by Listening Library (Audio) 

Goodreads summary:

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.


What I thought:
I can not express how much I loved this book! I actually listened to this on audio and I think it was even better than reading it because of the voice inflections/accent and Spanish words. This is pretty rare for me - to love an audiobook as much if not more than just reading the book myself.

I loved the characters! I loved how they're Latino and you get a feel of their culture, but also of this new generation that have been born in the US. I loved Jude! I loved how her dad tells her how they decided to give her that name. She was so authentic and really struggling with what she thinks is her loyalty to her sisters, her father's illness, and figuring out who she really is. Emilio was so great! He just cracked me up on an ongoing basis with all his lines and flirting. Plus the whole motorcycle and mechanic thing definitely worked for him. ;) There was this great chemistry between Jude and Emilio. Even though they try to keep things light and fun, they are also both very vulnerable. I really liked the serious and quiet moments between these two and the other characters as well.

There definitely is a great love story in this novel. There is no insta-love here. There is instant attraction, but Jude and Emilio develop a strong friendship before they become anything else. There is also a great story of family and of illness. Alzheimer's is such a terrible disease. It was heartbreaking seeing Jude try to deal with her father succumbing to it. I loved seeing her family pull together to support each other and the way that Emilio stood by her.

If you follow my reviews at all, you're probably aware that I prefer clean books. There is some language and innuendo. They didn't feel out of place, even though I can always do without the language. I still really loved this and will definitely be reading whatever Ockler writes next. I do think that the cover could do a better job of pulling readers in. I just think some may overlook this one because of it.

If you like reading Contemporary YA or YA period, I highly recommend picking this up!

Content: Some innuendo and swearing.
Source: Library

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