Our Chemical Hearts

our chemical hearts

Author: Krystal Sutherland
Publisher: Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Genre: Contemporary Young Adult
Source: BEA 2016



Goodreads:  John Green meets Rainbow Rowell in this irresistible story of first love, broken hearts, and the golden seams that put them back together again.

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.

Ope’s Opinion:  It took me a little while to get interested in where this book was going to go.  These characters are interestingly weird.  It was good to read a story from a teenage boys perspective, usually books are written with the female as the main character.  I liked it for a change of reading.

The secrets that were revealed were some what of a surprise and maybe a little unrealistic ( not that all books have to be realistic ).  Murray’s Australian words and accent were sort of annoying.

It may sound strange, but the ending was my favorite part.  It felt realistic and was a nice change from the traditional endings.