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By Sarah Ockler

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Format: Paperback, 378 pages
Published In: United States, 01 December 2012
From the author of Twenty Boy Summer, a teen pushes the limits to follow her dreams--and learns there's a fine line between bitter and sweet.... 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....


"If this doesn't make you want to eat a cupcake, cuddled up under a warm blanket on a cold winters night with a mug of hot chocolate than I don't know what will. This book is so well crafted from the sweet winter romance, to the icy back drop from the winter season in the small town of Watonka, NY to the ice skating and ice hockey subplots and the deliciously described cupcakes. I adored everything about this well-written story." "Any reader who has ever wondered or worried about their place in the world will easily connect to this charming, funny novel." "At its heart, this story is about family, community, and communication, and Hudson narrates it with warmth and wry humor."Bittersweet "is a book worth recommending." --School Library Journal "Hudson's conflicting emotions are richly realized... an engaging and sometimes emotionally challenging read..." --"Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books" "An entertaining read with an engaging, relatable protagonist. Hudson's lively first-person narrative is both wry and sympathetic, and it incorporates issues ranging from self-discovery to family and relationship complexities, along with identifying and following your dreams." "--Booklist"

Gr 9 Up-Hudson Avery is a talented figure skater, or at least she was before her last competition, which she intentionally threw after she discovered that her father was having an affair. Three years after that disastrous night, she, her brother, and her mother work hard at their family diner to make ends meet. Hudson earns a name for herself as the "Cupcake Queen" of Watonka, NY. Although baking relaxes her, she still longs to skate and thinks that an upcoming competition, with a scholarship award, will help her escape her small town. She makes a deal with her high school hockey team to secretly coach them on the finer points of ice skating in exchange for free use of the rink to practice for the event. Despite the players' trash talking, she manages to charm them and score the attention of two hunky players. At its heart, this story is about family, community, and communication, and Hudson narrates it with warmth and wry humor. Readers may find themselves frustrated with her unwillingness to be forthright about her feelings and dreams, but maybe that will lead them to wonder how many of their problems could be avoided just talking. Bittersweet is a book worth recommending.-Mindy Whipple, West Jordan Library, UT (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

EAN: 9781442430365
ISBN: 1442430362
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Dimensions: 20.85 x 14.1 x 2.57 centimetres (0.34 kg)
Age Range: 10-14 years
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