Book Review: The Book of Broken HeartsAuthor: Sarah Ockler
Published: May 2013
Genre: YA Contemporary
The Setting - Taken from Goodreads
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 Two Cents
Alrighty. I think this is my last contemporary for awhile. I think. But it depends on my definition of awhile. The Book of Broken Hearts had all the right ingredients to make it a heartfelt romance story, but for me it really fell flat. I can't really put my finger on it. Maybe I felt a lack of real chemistry between Jude and Emilio, though I really loved both characters separately. And I know my heart broke for Jude and her predicament with her father and his disability. What I think ruined it for me was the actual book of broken hearts Jude and her sisters created. I get that Jude's older sisters hate certain members of the Vargas family. But as I looked back upon some of my own jilted romances, I don't feel hate towards any members of their family. And I wouldn't have cared if my own sister dated some of his brothers. I think Ockler was reaching for a reason why Jude shouldn't date Emilio and I just didn't like it (or buy into it). Overall my own heart was broken reading this book (especially since a reviewer I love gave it glowing reviews), 3.5 out of 5 stars.