Our Chemical Hearts - Krystal Sutherland | ARC Review

Pages: 320, ARC Paperback
Publication date: October 4, 2016
Publisher: G.P. Putman's Sons Books for Young Readers
How I got the copy: Received a copy from the Publisher (Penguin Random House Canada)
Rating: 5/5 Stars


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 am completely in love with this book!

The moment I read that this book was supposed to be John Green meets Rainbow Rowell, I knew I needed to read it. I love John Green's work and I love Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and I loved this book! I loved it so much! I was hooked from the beginning and couldn't put the book down. 

I don't usually read from a males perspective very often (not intentionally) and wasn't aware this book was from a males perspective and I enjoyed it so much. It was refreshing to read and see a male character being perplexed, falling in love, struggling with the complexities of first loves and about friendship (obviously, I'm aware that the male gender has a heart too but, I guess, what I'm saying is since I don't read from this perspective very often, it was a nice change). Also, the main character, Henry, is very relatable and I kept routing for him the entire time.

I cried and I laughed while reading Our Chemical Hearts. I could feel heartbreak and I was very touched by this story. It's truly a first love epic disaster but a great one. 

Henry's family dynamic is funny and smart, very similar to the family dynamic in the movie "Easy A". The characters feel very real. They have a lot of personality and there's tons of back stories to go along with the characters. 

There's a lot of emotion in the writing of this book. I cried reading about Grace, Dom and Henry. I'm not going to say why or where in the book, only that I felt the emotions so raw. I could relate to Grace (as many can) about first loves/unconditional love.

I recommend this YA contemporary romance readers and to those that have enjoyed John Green and Rainbow Rowell's books.


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