Parents' Guide to

The Book of Broken Hearts

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Teen fights for forbidden love in sweet romance.

Book Sarah Ockler Romance 2013
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Thanks to Sarah Ockler's poignant writing and spot-on voice, our hearts flutter right along with Jude's as she writes her own entry in THE BOOK OF BROKEN HEARTS. But romance isn't the only cause of heartbreak. There are also changing friendships, family loyalty, and coping with disease, to name a few of the others. Ockler explores each with authenticity and warmth.

For the first quarter of the book, Jude comes across as a bit shallow and flighty, due mostly to a heavy hand with the superficial trappings of teendom. It doesn't last long, though, and we're soon shown a strong, admirable young woman. Her stubborn refusal to accept her father's condition and conflicted feelings about family loyalty, caused by her growing love for Emilio, will have readers of any age rooting for Jude's happiness.

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