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The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler Book Review

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.

Reading a book by Sarah Ockler always makes me so happy. Her books are always so emotional and Sarah Ocker seems to be able to effortlessly combine romance with realism. The Book of Broken Hearts was no exception, and it’s one of my new favorites! :)

First off, all the characters were amazing. All of them were so heartbreakingly real. A major part of the book is the fact that Jude’s dad suffers from Alzheimer’s. She cared about her dad so much, and it was so emotional to me to see how she consistently tried to take care of and look out for him. There were also several really sweet moments between the dad and daughter.

The romance and the family relationships were great in this book. Emilio was such a kind person, and all of Jude’s older sisters were so different. You only get a clear depiction of one of them, Mari, and although I didn’t like her too much, you really got to see the family dynamic and how much everyone cared for one another. I also felt like every thing had the perfect emphasis on it, for an ending that made me so happy!

The Book of Broken Hearts is another favorite of mine. It’s an adorable, extremely emotional contemporary. Sarah Ockler had definitely become one of my new favorite authors! I’d give The Book of Broken Hearts 5 out of 5 flowers.



  1. One of my best friends has read this one recently and now I know that I'll have to read it soon. I haven't read any book by this author but all these amazing reviews tell me a lot. Great review :)

  2. This looks so cute! I haven't actually read anything by Sarah Ockler but her books surely sounds amazing. I'm glad this one was no exception.

    Amazing review, love! <33

  3. I completely agree with you!! This was my first Sarah Ockler book, and it was incredible. I'll definitely be reading more by her, and Emilio. AH. Such an incredible book guy.

    Great review!

    1. The only other book I've read by her is Bittersweet, and I'd definitely recommend that :) Thank you!

  4. I absolutely adore Ockler's writing and this was one of my favorites from her. I really enjoyed the humor, the love story and the love between Papi and Jude, it was very endearing!

  5. Sweet! I adore books with strong family importance. Sounds like a fabulous book! Terrific review!

  6. Love this one! It definitely tugged at my heartstrings quite a good bit. I also really loved the family dynamics!


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