The Book of Broken Hearts

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The Book of Broken Hearts

Based on the blurb, I expected a light beach read about a typical teenage girl's summer as she meets the local bad boy and her world changes. Don't get me wrong- this is definitely that. Yet it is SO much more. The Book of Broken Hearts made me bawl like a little girl who needs her Daddy, because after finishing this, I appreciated my Dad so much more.

Coming to terms with a family medical issue is a hard thing to read about, especially since the said condition runs in my family and hits a little close to home. I really felt for Jude and her growing acceptance to the uncertainty of her future and the future of her family unit was gradual and believable. It definitely makes you realize how short life really is. Despite the overall sadness, this book remains light hearted with Jude's hilarious quips and Emilio's childlike glee over motorcycles. A must read for the summer.

Book Blurb for The Book of Broken Hearts

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.

Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2013 5.00