Jude Hernandez has just graduated from high school and going through her last summer at home before leaving for college. She has planned a road trip with her friends later in the summer, but in the meantime sheìs helping her father restore his old Harley. Her father is coping with the onset of early Alzheimer, so they decide to hire a mechanic for the job on the bike. Jude hopes that this can help with her father's memory. The only mechanic available, though, is a nineteen-year-old guy who used to go to Jude's school: Emilio Vargas, the youngest of the Vargas brothers. They are all notorious heartbreakers. Two of Jude's elder sisters had their hearts broken by Vargas boys; when Jude was only twelve, the four Hernandez sisters had a blood oath that they were never going to get involved with a Vargas. At first, Jude is suspicious of Emilio's smile and dimples, but after her friends dump her because of her father's illness, she spends more time with him and starts to wonder if her sisters were wrong after all.
I found this book very cute. I read it all in one sitting. It's a tender love story, but love is not the main focus. The most important theme is coping with a family member who's developing Alzheimer. At first, Jude is determined that she can take care of her father on her own and resent even her sister's help. Later, however, her father's episodes are getting increasingly frequent, and she has to admit that her family needs help.
Emilio is a wonderful love interest. He's flirty and sweet, and helps Jude with her father when she needs it the most. He's a nice change from the bad boy featured in many "new adult" books. I loved him.
The Book of Broken Hearts is my first Sarah Ockler read. I've wanted to try her books for a long time. Now I'm going to read soemthing else she has written. Bittersweet, I think.