Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers on October 4th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Format: Kindle Book
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.
I was initially hesitant to read Our Chemical Hearts because of the many kind of mixed reviews I’d seen for it. But then yesterday I thought… what the hell. I’m going to read this. Because it sounds good and I like male pov books and I like contemporary. So I read it. And wouldn’t you know it? I loved this book to the moon and back. It is glorious and my first 5-star read in two months so that should say something.
I loved everything about this book. The writing was beautiful, the story was heartbreaking and wonderful and stabbed me in the feels and the characters were gloriously real. It just really, really got to me, this beautiful book. And I know a lot of people have mixed feelings about it but we all have different opinions, right. I went into this book with low expectations and ended up loving the crap out of it. I think, ultimately, it’s just a very me book and I read it at just the right time. There were so many things I could relate to in this book and I’m always a sucker for a good contemporary book with a male protagonist. So I don’t care if it’s just me or not. But I loved this book and I will make others read it if they haven’t already in the hopes of finding someone that adores it as much as I do.
While I could start gushing about how much I adore the writing, I would much rather get to gushing about everything else. Like the characters and the romance and the mental health rep. Because those three things are what made this book for me, people. I will start with the characters.
Before I go to the gloriousness that is the protagonist named Henry, I want to give a shout-out to the others. Mainly his best friends Lola and Murray, who were wonderful and their friendship was actual goals. Also their banter was golden and I loved these guys. Then there were the parents and the adults in this book in general. They were all SO awesome. I mean… they’re THERE. And an active part of these kids’ lives and I loved that. Henry’s parents are SO awesome. As are Murray’s and Lola’s parents. I loved them all. YAY GREAT ADULTS IN YA. OH And siblings. I loved Sadie, Henry’s sister. She’s awesome. Then lastly, before I go over to gushing about Henry, I want to briefly mention that I found Grace to be a very real, relatable and beautiful character. She’s broken and hurt and while I love her for being so real, I hate her for spoiler-related reasons. But it’s the good kind of hate.
NOW. Honestly, people, I just adored Henry. I loved his voice right from the start and I love his whole personality and look on life. I felt for him so deeply and I want to hug him and cuddle him and keep him safe. His romance with Grace was doomed from the start and it huuuurt me so bad to see him in pain. I just wanted to yank him out of the book and keep him for myself, honestly. He’s so sweet and kind of a bit naive at first, but I love him. I just do. He deserves all the cuddles.
The mental health rep in this book was, in my opinion, beautiful. I don’t want to say too much because spoilers, but I loved how everything was handled and that love REALLY didn’t fix anything in the end. Quite the opposite, this book showed how hard love can be with someone that has mental health problems. How painful and ugly it can be. I loved that.
So in the end, this book had everything I loved. It had a beautiful, bittersweet story with glorious characters and wonderful writing. Friendship goals, awesome parents and a perfect example of how romance doesn’t magically fix mental health issues at all. I really hope you pick it up if you haven’t read it yet because I loved it very, very much. And I can’t wait to read Krystal’s next book.