The Book of Broken Hearts
By: Sarah Ockler
Available May 2013
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.
This Blonde’s Review:
This book is about so much more than a girl liking a boy she’s sworn to have nothing to do with. Of course there is still plenty of flirting and attempting to resist the attraction, but it’s really more than that. And I love that it was.
Jude’s sisters have each had their hearts broken by a Vargas brother, from a disastrous prom to a canceled wedding, and have sworn an oath to stay away from the Vargas brothers. When Jude takes her father to hire a mechanic to work on his classic motorcycle she has to make a quick decision. Hire the mechanic she can afford, who happens to be a Vargas, or walk away with nothing. With her father’s heath deteriorating and the bike being the one thing he seems to have no problems with she decides that her dad is more important than the oath. Besides, she’s sure that she can resist him.
Emilio is a charmer but his life isn’t as easy as he projects. Jude is so focused on her own life that she doesn’t think to look deeper. He’s a Vargas so she can’t be interested. But he’s the one person who is there for her when her friends have shied away. He doesn’t act like she’s doing the wrong thing or ignore her dad’s presence. When her sister comes home it gets more complicated, both with caring for her dad and with her growing relationship with Emilio. Until something happens to escalate the problems. As Jude finds out that her father is worse than she thought she has to decide what she’s going to do next, go to college or stay home to be with her family.
I didn’t expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. But this book is really more than just about a boy and a girl. It’s about a girl who is struggling to accept the changes in her family with her father’s health failing. It’s also about a charming boy who is more than he appears to be. And it’s about Jude’s father, whose whole life is changing beyond his control. Jude is at crossroads. She can put her life on hold or grab a chance at life and move forward. It’s not a book about a boy and a girl, it’s a book about a girl making her choices about her life.
If you enjoy books where a character has to choose where to go with her life then you’ll like this book.