Title: Our Chemical Hearts
Author: Krystal Sutherland
Genre: YA romance/ life
Part of a series? No
Publish Date: October 4th, 2016
As always, Thank you to First To Read for letting me read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I adored it. In fact, my feelings after reading are best described by what I posted on Facebook after reading the last page:
‘I am a sobbing mess with a book-hangover. Why did I keep reading!?! I am destroyed. Broken. Despondent. You must buy this book!’
Oh, but what a ride getting here! The characters, the goofy back and forth, the first taste of love. It was just wonderful.
Henry Page is a hopeless romantic that has never been in love. Watching the toxic teen relationships all around him, he’s willing to wait. It’s senior year and he is ready to focus on grades, the school paper, and applying to college. This all changes when Grace Town walks in. She is… not what he was expecting. Walking into Drama wearing men’s clothing, with poor hygiene a and a limp- she is not his dream girl. So why can’t he stop thinking about her? The two are thrown together for the paper, and the more he learns about her the more he wants to know. She is dealing with a lot though, changing schools after her boyfriend died in the crash that gave her a limp. She insists Henry doesn’t see her properly. That, and the guilt that she carries for Dom make it very hard to get close.
Every once in a while though… there’s the other side of her. Laughing, Good Day Grace is gorgeous and intelligent and just amazing. They laugh and trade jokes back and forth. She shows him her hideouts. Henry loves her. She is his first love. Can she let go of the pain and guilt though, and love him back? Be in a relationship with him? Or is she too broken?
As I said above, I loved this book. It was so easy to love these beautiful, crazy, well developed characters. I enjoyed the hilarious play between Henry and his two best friends. I bled for Grace, who was hurting to badly. While Sutherland used comedy to ease through what would otherwise be far too painful; it was never marginalized. This book is a raw look at first love, and a reminder that it doesn’t always end well. Even then, though, it is worth it.
On the adult content scale, I have to say a four. There are some heavy hitting issues that could have made it a lot higher, but it was executed so as to not be too much. Still, we have language, alcohol, sexual content and heavy issues. I would, though, let my thirteen year old niece read it.
The book comes out October fourth- be ready!
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