My review of The Book of Broken Hearts :
"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."
It was totally by chance that someone I worked with gave me The Book of Broken Hearts to read. This is not exactly the kind of story I read but I trusted this person when she said I would love it. So here we are, I'm reviewing with a great pleasure Sarah Ockler's book. There's a lot I could say about this novel but here is what you need to know.
First I really enjoyed the main character, Jude Hernandez. She was colorful, funny and surprising. But most of all, she was moving. I won't say too much but her story and family moved me. She is both strong and weak because of her family, especially her dad. His illness changed her life more than she expected and she had to hold on and make sacrifices. So we can say she is reliable, tough and caring. When she learnt she had to take care of her dad, she could have ran away and just been like other teenagers : enjoying summer with boys and ice cream by the beach, forgetting about all that is wrong in her life. But Jude stayed and looked for a way to get her father back. It was a desperate and tender gesture, because it also meant to break a promise made years ago to her three older sisters. And that's how she meets Emilio Vargas! He is the one who can help her by fixing her dad's old motor bike, Valentina. At the beginning, I thought, just like Jude, that Emilio Vargas was bad news. But you will see it's more complicated and fun than it appeared to be !
Emilio is fun, hot, distracting, smart and kind of wild. ( Can I say he was one hell of a book boyfriend?) But he is also, from my point of view, far from the cliché you could be used to read. He has secrets and wears mystery on him but it's not the only thing that makes him attractive and interesting. There are different sides of him and you won't know which one you prefer. It was really great to get to know him through Jude's eyes.
One of the many things I loved about this story was that it's not only about first love and summer holidays. Like I said, I really was moved by Jude and her father's relationship. There were sweet, funny and sad moments where you wish you could take both of them in your arms. It made my eyes wet but not only because of the sadness I felt. Thanks to a beautiful writing, I was carried away, wanted to fight like Jude against el Demonio aka Alzheimer.
To finish, I really recommend The Book Of Broken Hearts! It was an amazing read and I will never forget this story. I will also check Sarah's other books because she really is talented. Le Pacte des coeurs brisés (Book of Broken Hearts) is out in France this week. I hope everyone will want to read this novel and share their thoughts with Sarah.
Thanks and have a good read !