The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler

The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler

Goodreads Synopsis
When all signs point to heartbreak, can love still be a rule of the road? A poignant and romantic novel from the author ofBittersweet 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.

This was a cute, quick, and easy read for me. I liked that Jude followed her heart and made her own choices. I liked that she realized that not everyone is like their family and that to make your own place in the world you have to make a name for yourself.

However, this book wasn't anything special. It had a sort of "been there, done that" vibe to it, which is how I feel about most contemporary ya novels. I think it would have been better if there had been more of a development of the other sisters in the family and they had played a more integral part in the storyline. It seemed liked the reader was supposed to just know and understand that Jude was the "outcast" of the family without being told why. 

The back story for why the girls didn't want to get involved with the Vargas family was kind of <i>meh</i> to me. I wish there had been something more or that it wasn't basically every sister had dated one of these boys. Just having the storyline of the wedding disaster would have been enough for me (and presumably Jude) to be like, okay yes I will not date these guys. It was really not necessary to have another sister date one and then have the only sister who wasn't heartbroken by one of them be the one to initiate the pledge to not date them. 

The whole motorcycle thing seemed like the author needed the girl to have a <i>thing</i> to make her different than her sisters and make her "not like those other girls" but it fell short for me. I didn't buy into it which made the story not as interesting to me as it probably could have been.

Overall: 3/5 stars. It was a good read and I would recommend it if you don't want to think too much and want a happy ending. However, I won't be rereading it any time soon.

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