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.
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★ “…a glorious book with love, romance, generosity, and poignancy… This popular author and anticipated book will be easy to get into the hands and backpacks of teen girls.” — VOYA, starred review
“At its core, this is a touching father-daughter story made even stronger by realistic family complications and Jude’s need to find her own voice.” — Kirkus Reviews
“… Ockler’s portrait of Jude’s father’s illness is tragic and true. Lyrical writing helps readers understand Jude’s complicated emotions…” — Publishers Weekly
“[A] frequently humorous and often touching coming-of-age story…” — School Library Journal
“Ockler has proven herself to be an expert with witty, romantic banter, and the chemistry between Jude and Emilio doesn’t disappoint.” — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“The Book of Broken Hearts is a story of loves: between father and daughter, between sisters, between a young woman and man finding true love. This poignant story will stay with readers long after the book is finished.” — BookPage
“With moments of humor and plenty of snappy dialogue between Jude and Emilio, Ockler’s characters are both smart and believable… An emotional read about the power, love, and support of family.” — Booklist
“…beautiful, heart wrenching story of family, first loves and learning what it really means to live…” — Young Adult Books Central (YABC)
“The Book of Broken Hearts made me bawl like a little girl… A must read for the summer.” — Night Owl Reviews, Reviewer Top Pick
“…Sarah’s best book yet. It is emotional, gut wrenching, and a book that stays with you long after you are finished…” — Fresh Fiction