Title: Our Chemical Hearts
Author: Krystal Sutherland
Pages: 320 pages
Release Date: October 4th, 2016
My Rating: 4/5
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.
I was craving a cute contemporary read so I picked up Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland, but oh boy, the cover may be cute as hell, but this story is not your typical cute mushy, gushy YA read. It was so much more and way better than I thought it was going to be.
I actually had a very hard time getting into this book. In the beginning, I was very tempted to DNF this book. I was not at all intrigued by the plot, the characters, the narration, and the very awkward romance starting to blossom. At about the half way point I was still toying with the idea of giving up on the book. Everything just felt forced and wrong and I was growing to really hate all the characters.
A friend of mine encouraged me to continue it, and lord am I thankful they made me push through. With about 100 pages left, the story picked up and oh boy . . .
Krystal smoothly dealt with topics that are typically a no go in the YA genre. It was refreshing to see. She wrote such a compelling story of grief, death, love and loss. It was such an insightful and heart wrenching book. I adore they way she wrote about love and it’s many forms.
In YA we often see books about the “perfect” first love, but it’s not real. Krystal wrote about real characters in a real relationship, specifically a real and toxic relationship. We don’t often see toxic relationships in YA written and dealt with in such a clever way, so it was brilliant to get to read this books unique take on first love. Everything felt real and raw and utterly heart breaking and beautiful.
This book was such a quick read, full of wit and heart. I defiantly recommend picking it up if you’re in the mood for a funny, unique and bittersweet read . . . and even if you don’t like the book, the cover is gorgeous (and everyone loves a pretty book cover, right?)