The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler

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At its core, this is a touching father-daughter story made even stronger by realistic family complications and Jude’s need to find her own voice.
-Kirkus

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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.

 

About Sarah Ockler

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Sarah Ockler is the author of The Book of Broken Hearts, Bittersweet, Fixing Delilah, and the critically acclaimed Twenty Boy Summer, a YALSA Teens’ Top Ten nominee and IndieNext List pick. She is a championship cupcake eater, coffee drinker, night person, and bookworm. When she’s not writing or reading at home in Colorado, Sarah enjoys taking pictures, hugging trees, and road-tripping through the country with her husband, Alex. Visit her at SarahOckler.com and find her on Twitter and Facebook.
 
Published May 21, 2013 by Simon Pulse. 370 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Children's Books. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Apr 01 2013

The severity of the family feud is somewhat contrived, but Ockler’s (Bittersweet) portrait of Jude’s father’s illness is tragic and true.

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Kirkus

Good
on Mar 20 2013

At its core, this is a touching father-daughter story made even stronger by realistic family complications and Jude’s need to find her own voice.

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