Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler

Title: The Book of Broken Hearts
Author: Sarah Ockler
352 pages, May 21st 2013, Simon Pulse
Goodreads' synopsis: "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."
Sort of vague
At first I wasn't really sure what to think about it, I thought it was moving too fast without anything really happening. Jude is helping her dad fixing his old motorcycle, because she is convinced it is going to help him remember things again. Emilio comes in as the mechanic in the first chapter, and go to work immediately. The love story between Emilio and Jude is going on the entire time, but it isn't till 2/3 into the book that stuff actually starts happening, up until then we don't really know Emilio, and we don't get any time to really fall in love with him.
One thing I was really disappointed about was how many characters are mentioned in the book, but that's pretty much it, they're mentioned, we don't really get to know them. Emilio's mother got about five pages maybe. Emilio's friend, Samuel, got a little bit more, maybe ten pages. Jude's sisters and her mother were also mentioned the whole time, she kept talking about them, but still I felt like they were complete strangers. The whole book was more about Jude, her dad, and Emilio, which is fine. The only problem with it was that it wasn't really written as a book with three strong main characters.
Other than that I enjoyed the book. I liked the story about Jude trying to "fix" her dad by fixing the bike. And I though Jude and Emilio was cute together.
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