Author: Krystal Sutherland
Publication Date: October 4th 2016
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Part of a Series?: No, A Standalone
I Got A Copy Through: Bloomsbury India
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Blurb Description: 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.
“Tell me you believe our lives are anything more than a ridiculous cascade of random chances.”
What if your first love isn’t like how the movies tell you it will be?
What if the first love of your life showed up one random day in oversized male clothing, dirty and with clumps of hair all raggedly chopped up? What if there was no music in the background, an awkward bumping into each other moment with eye contact or one look across a crowded room where you just… knew?
What if “love” is nothing but a chemical reaction in the brain, meant to fizzle out?
Henry Page has spent his life waiting for the girl of his dreams. He’s never felt anything remotely close to love – or even like – in his life, and is waiting for his movie like moment. And so, when Grace Town walks into his class and barely gives him a second look in her baggy clothes and bad personal hygiene, he doesn’t expect her to be the one giving him butterflies in his stomach or occupying his thoughts in the dark.
And then she gets put onto the editorial committee (consisting of Henry and Grace) of the school newspaper, and a strange bond forms. With their pet fish, Ricky Martin Knupps II, a barrage of sarcastic banter, strange car rides and philosophical talk, Henry experiences what he’s been waiting for, even if it’s not all he dreamed it would be.
But Grace is not all here – she’s broken, a ghost, and only half alive. So what can a half here girl have to give to a boy in love with the idea of her unbroken version?
What if the main character in this particular chemical reaction isn’t worth more than a passing glance in the whole plethora of reactions in the universe – and the brain?
”Love doesn’t need to last a lifetime for it to be real. You can’t judge the quality of love by the length of time it lasts. Everything dies, love included.”
Our Chemical Hearts was NOT what I expected it to be – which was a fluffy romance filled with dramatic pauses and rainbow endings. Instead, Our Chemical Hearts was RAW, filled to the brim with BEAUTIFUL WORDS and soul shattering pain, and I could not be more in love than I am at this moment.
I adored EVERYTHING about this book, including the secondary characters. I LOVED Lola and Murray and Sadie and Ryan and Madison Carlson and the teachers and all the parents, because everything about this book screamed REAL and WONDERFUL and BROKEN and captured the VERY ESSENCE of what it is to be alive and to fall in and out of love.
Not your average book, but something SO MUCH BETTER.
If you’ve looking for a book that will haunt you long after you’ve put it down, welcome to Our Chemical Hearts.