Thursday, July 11, 2013
Publication Date: January 3, 2012
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Keywords: ice skating, hockey, baking, winter
Format Read: library book
Other Books Read by Author: Twenty Boy Summer
Summary: 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.
Nothing like a good ice skating/hockey story to cool off the summer. This book had many great things going for it, so I'm going to break it down by subject.
Storyline — Tons of points for having a one-of-a-kind topic to talk about. Hudson had a reputation at school for baking stellar cupcakes, but she also used to compete in figure skating competitions. So she was practicing in secret and is actually mauled over by Josh B., a star hockey player at her school. They become friends, and she starts training with the team, trying to help their game improve, all while rocking it out at her mom's diner and keeping up with the cupcakes. A teeny bit predictable, but hey, I really didn't care because of the interesting frontline anyway.
Characters — I really liked the dynamic with Hudson and the hockey team. It wasn't just she knew Josh and Will and that was it. She bonded with the whole team, and they had parties together, and there was such a great group energy with all of them together. Of course, I was annoyed with Hudson for the way she treated her best friend Dani toward the middle of the book, but we were clearly supposed to be annoyed. And then there's the whole Will/Josh fiasco that made me want to punch them all, but I was still okay with it because I knew that was the way we were supposed to feel.
Other stuff — I did feel a little bad for Hudson because her mom pinned so much on her. She was in charge of paying the babysitter to watch her little brother, running the diner, and paying the bills (one of which she missed and got yelled at for it). Just seemed like a lot on her plate, and I wanted to give her a break. But I was proud of Hudson's growth and realization, all that cool stuff. Writing was excellent (not that I'd expect anything less), and I enjoyed the whole thing.
Final Consensus: Worth the time, buy if you're a Sarah Ockler fan.