Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland
‘I ALWAYS THOUGHT THE MOMENT YOU MET THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE WOULD BE MORE LIKE THE MOVIES . . .’
Henry Page is a film buff and a hopeless romantic. He’s waiting for that slo-mo, heart-palpitating, can’t-eat-can’t-sleep kind of love that he’s seen in the movies. So the last person he expects to fall in love with is Grace.
Grace Town is not your normal leading lady. She dresses in oversized men’s clothing, smells like she hasn’t washed in weeks and walks with a cane. She’s nobody’s idea of a dream girl, but Henry can’t stop thinking about her.
There’s something broken about Grace; a small part of her soul is cracked from the secrets in her past. Henry wants nothing more than to put her back together again, but will she let him?
John Green meets Rainbow Rowell in this heartbreaking tale of bittersweet first love.
Have you ever read a book and thought, damn, I wish I had written that! That is how I feel about Our Chemical Hearts. Krystal Sutherland has done an amazing job creating the world of Henry Page, a teen who falls in love for the first time with the mysterious Grace Town. Henry learns the hard way that love doesn’t run smooth, and that his idea of love was just that, an idea. So what is this he’s feeling? A burning passion? A desire? An addiction? True love? Henry comes to learn that feelings and love are complicated, and not all broken things can be fixed.
I fell in love with all the characters in this book. Murray, the love-sick delusional Aussie-American, La (Lola), the feisty, caring, loyal lesbian friend and neighbour, Suds (Sadie), Henry’s delinquent, genius sister. Each character brings something magical to the story.
Our Chemical Hearts deals with themes of loss, grief, acceptance, redemption and of course, love. Or rather, the intense heartbreak that is love. Sutherland describes these feelings in a thousand different ways, each one more beautiful than the last. By the time I reached the climax I was a mess of emotion, my own heart being stretched to the limits alongside these characters who are now like friends, you know them so well. It is a YA triumph.
Note: The characters swear and have sex (not graphic) in this book. It fits with the characters and the themes but something you might need to consider for a younger reader.
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