Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

28186273I bought this particular book a while ago after hearing lots of good things about the book. It sounded intriguing, and it turned out to be my first (yet long overdue!) read of 2017. I deem it a good read to start the year off with.

Henry is the type of person waiting for the type of love you see in the movies, that stop you in your tracks heart palpitating love. Definitely not the type of person who falls in love with someone like Grace Town. But they’ve both been selected to edit the school newspaper together, and he’s quickly falling for her. Something about her seems to be a little broken. He wants to fix it.

This book isn’t a standard boy meets girl by any standards. And, as harsh as this is going to sound, I don’t think it’s the best book I’ve ever read. It’s good, don’t get me wrong, but whether you personally will like it I think depends on your own personal tastes.

This is a new take on teen relationships in YA, and it’s something different on the theme of first love.

Sure, it’s boy meets girl. Sure, one falls in the love with the other. But Krystal’s made it different in the way she tells the story and the plot itself. We’ve seen death in teen relationships before in YA, but this one feels different. Without being spoiler-y, it’s a good type of different. I really enjoyed this story.

If you read this book, and you’re anything like me, you’ll feel confusion at the characters, at the subsequent bond that forms between them. You’ll feel happiness and sadness, and sometimes you’ll laugh. There’s a teenage voice in this book that’s really impressive and a lot of readers will empathise with.

I really enjoyed this book. If I gave it a star rating, it would be somewhere around 3.5-4 stars out of five. Give it a try because you might be pleasantly surprised.


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