Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland
Publisher: G.P. Putnams Sons Books For Young Readers
Release Date: October 4, 2016
Summary: Henry Page has never been in love. He fancies himself a hopeless romantic, but the slo-mo, heart palpitating, can’t-eat-can’t-sleep kind of love that he’s been hoping for just hasn’t been in the cards for him—at least not yet. Instead, he’s been happy to focus on his grades, on getting into a semi-decent college and finally becoming editor of his school newspaper. Then Grace Town walks into his first period class on the third Tuesday of senior year and he knows everything’s about to change.
Grace isn’t who Henry pictured as his dream girl—she walks with a cane, wears oversized boys’ clothes, and rarely seems to shower. But when Grace and Henry are both chosen to edit the school paper, he quickly finds himself falling for her. It’s obvious there’s something broken about Grace, but it seems to make her even more beautiful to Henry, and he wants nothing more than to help her put the pieces back together again. And yet, this isn’t your average story of boy meets girl. Krystal Sutherland’s brilliant debut is equal parts wit and heartbreak, a potent reminder of the bittersweet bliss that is first love.
My Rating: ★★★★☆ ½
My Thoughts: Sutherland delivers an engaging and honest tale of first love!
Sutherland brings such life and depth to her characters, which was definitely one of the highlights of this novel!
And through her writing she made them flawed, realistic, and overall enjoyable to read about regardless if they were minor/central characters. All were wonderfully written!
Henry has a core group of friends: Lola & Murray. Quite a central part of this story and through the ups and downs, they are always there to help each other. The strong elements of friendship in this novel was definitely another highlight!
The plot itself is well paced and definitely has elements of mystery to it. I loved the humor weaved into this novel. This book definitely had me laughing!!
It had its dark moments, but Sutherland balanced both humor/wit and serious elements perfectly.
While this novel is tackles a topic I’ve read about in YA Contemporary before :”First Love”, it was unique because its about first love but then again it isn’t! It definitely tackles all the aspects of awkward first love, but centers more about life and personal growth, which I loved!! ❤
Additionally, I loved the aspect of Henry and Grace’s relationship that revolved around Henry coming to understand a universally important message: Its important to love someone for who they are not who you think they are or who you expect them to be.
As for writing style, being in 1st person reading from Henry’s POV not only made Our Chemical Hearts engaging+ a blast to read, but overall delivered a unique voice to this story!
However my only minor issue, was that the ending felt a little rushed!
This novel captured my heart, broke it, but golden seams brought it back together again!! 😍💖✨
Our Chemical Hearts is an unforgettable tale with elements of friendship and mystery that takes the reader on a journey of first love and everything that comes with it!