Monday, May 20, 2013

The Book of Broken Hearts

The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler

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.

My Review:
From the cover, I expected this to be a light, fun, girly read. However, the inside of the book contained so much more. This was not what I would call a light read by any means, but it was a great book. The author did a really good job conquering writing about the emotions and everything else that goes along with the disease Jude's father had. It's definitely a difficult subject, but an important one nonetheless.

The romance in this book was off the charts. Emilio is so incredibly sweet, but doesn't want anyone to know that. I loved getting to see him reveal more and more of himself and his memories to Jude as the book went on. I was a huge fan of Emilio. On the other hand, Jude's sisters annoyed me at times. They were so strong willed and Jude would not do anything about it. It really got on my nerves, but I think that was the author's goal. We weren't supposed to like the sisters. Although I was okay with them by the end of the book. I really liked how much family was in this book. It showed how important family is to them.

The main thing I did not like about this book, was I felt like we did not get closure about a lot of things. There was closure about certain aspects of the story, but what about the other parts? That was a little disappointing to me. I would have liked a little more. The ending was sweet though, and I really enjoyed this book.

4 stars
I received this book for free in return for an honest review.


  1. Sounds like a great read, Morgan! I loved the cover, too. Thanks for sharing your review ... I'm always looking for my next book to read!! xx,Lauren

  2. I am excited to read this one - i love Sarah Ockler's stuff!