Synopses & Reviews
andlt;bandgt;From the author of andlt;iandgt;Twenty Boy Summerandlt;/iandgt;, a teen pushes the limits to follow her dreamsand#8212;and learns thereand#8217;s andlt;/bandgt;andlt;bandgt;a fine line between bitter and sweet....andlt;/bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;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 sheand#8217;s a girl who doesnand#8217;t believe in second chances, a girl who stays under the radar by baking cupcakes at her momand#8217;s diner and obsessing over what might have been. andlt;BRandgt;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; 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 lifeand#8212;and starts serving up some seriously mixed signals. Sheand#8217;s got a lot on her plate, and for a girl whoand#8217;s been burned before, risking it all is easier said than done.andlt;BRandgt;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; Itand#8217;s time for Hudson to ask herself what she really wants, and how much sheand#8217;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....
"Ockler concocts an appetizing blend of personalities, drama, and passion in a story of bitter disappointments and sweet successes. Hudson was a champion ice skater until she learned a terrible secret about her father and hung up her skates. Three years later, her greatest claim to fame is baking scrumptious cupcakes for her mother's failing diner. But when Hudson is invited to enter a skating competition with a ,000 scholarship prize, she's tempted to take a second chance at stardom on the ice. There are complications, of course. She has little time to practice and, in exchange for access to the local rink, Hudson has agreed to help her school's hockey team overcome their losing streak by teaching them some moves. Then there are the two handsome hockey players vying for her attention. Offering a non-glamorized depiction of competitive skating, Ockler (Twenty Boy Summer) expresses Hudson's anxieties as she tries to prioritize her commitments and dreams. Her love of the sport is deeply felt, and her regrets about the past and her fears about the future are heart-wrenchingly real. Ages 14 up. Agent: Ted Malawer, Upstart Crow Literary. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"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." --mundiemoms.blogspot.com
and#8220;An entertaining read with an engaging, relatable protagonist. Hudsonand#8217;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.and#8221; andlt;Iandgt;--Booklistandlt;/Iandgt;
"Any reader who has ever wondered or worried about their place in the world will easily connect to this charming, funny novel." --teenreads.com
"At its heart, this story is about family, community, and communication, and Hudson narrates it with warmth and wry humor.andlt;Bandgt; andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;Iandgt;Bittersweet andlt;/Iandgt;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
"Hudsonand#8217;s conflicting emotions are richly realized...andnbsp; an engaging and sometimes emotionally challenging read..." --andlt;Iandgt;Bulletin of the Center for Children's Booksandlt;/Iandgt;
Hudson can't wait to get out of Watonka, her working-class town outside of Buffalo. Once upon a time, her talent as a skater was going to be her ticket out... but when her parents' marriage unraveled three years ago, so did her dreams. Now, she buries herself in making cupcakes for her mom's diner and imagining her parallel life where she went on to skate to glory. But when she gets a letter inviting her to audition for a skating scholarship *and* the hockey team asks for her help with their technique (read: free ice time for Hudson), it's impossible to ignore the signs. Is she ready to get back on the ice? Could this be her ticket out? Hudson's determined not to let anything stand in her way. But between baking and waitressing at the diner, the love triangle that's developing with two outrageously cute hockey boys, and the simmering drama with her best friend, her future is anything but certain...
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....
About the Author
Sarah Ockler is the bestselling author of 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 website at sarahockler.com and find her on Twitter and Facebook.