I was very excited when my book club, The Young Adult Book Club, picked Bittersweet for our February book club pick! Sarah Ockler is an author from Colorado, where I live, so I had been looking forward to read this. She also agreed to do a Q&A with the group which can be found here.
Oh and did I mention this book is about cupcakes?? So I was inspired to go to my local cupcake shop!!
Here is the goodreads description:
I love this book. It surprised me how much I love this book.. I was not expecting to like it since I don't love contemporary YA books. I love how the characters in this book are so real. I think everyone could just relate to them. Normal people with normal problems trying to have a normal life. I feel bad for the characters, I am happy for the characters, all kinds of emotions. The book made me want to be an ice skater. Unfortunately I grew up when roller blades were just starting to become popular so I only used roller skates. AND my balance is awful as I discovered last year when I tried to snowboard for the first time. But I always have wanted to go ice skating on an outdoor rink at night in the winter with all the lights around. The love triangle in this book was actually a good one. It wasn't even annoying!!
I love the cover on this book.. it is sooo sparkly in the perfect way. It just looks sweet. But I am a little confused as to why there is a cookie on the cover and not a cupcake? The whole book is about Hudson working by baking cupcakes.. and then there is a cookie? Confusing. I also love how each chapter is named for a cupcake including the flavors! I mean AMAZING! I love how Hudson uses making cupcakes like it's therapy. Trying new flavors and spending every morning in her mom's shop would probably be relaxing most of the time. The book really inspired me to go out and find a cupcake shop. I didn't even know they existed until one popped up by the movie theater we go to a few years ago. I went to go out and find that shop... but couldn't seem to find the location. So I looked on the web and found a fantastic shop downtown here. Cupcake Girls was everything I thought a diner like this would look like! I tried Berrylicious, Miss American Pie, and Lulu Lemonade cupcakes while there!
They even have lunch there a couple times a week which I didn't know about so I didn't even ask (I will be going back to get lunch AND cupcakes soon!)
I think cupcakes are fun... I am tired of the old cake in a box stuff. I also really love how cupcakes are becoming more popular for weddings. My sister had cupcakes at her wedding and it was really cute!
I really liked this book and recommend it to everyone looking for a great winter read! I love when I read a book and it inspires me to do something I haven't done before. I will for sure have delicious cupcakes again!
Also.. I just discovered through Jessica at I Read to Relax that the Huffington Post Books is going an amazing book series where they read a book and make cupcakes!! This is the perfect time for this.. here you can see Life of Pie and Cupcakes featured. It looks amazing!!
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