Title: Our Chemical Hearts
Author: Krystal Sutherland
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Henry Page has never been in love. He hopes that one day he can experience the romance his parents feel for each other. But he is content to spend time with his friends and focus on his grades.
Then Grace Town walks into his life and things suddenly changed. She is not the kind of girl he expected to fall in love with. She wears boys clothing and walks with a cane. No matter how hard he tries he can’t seem to figure her out. However, when they are asked to edit the school newspaper together he can’t help but fall in love.
This was a very thought provoking book. I didn’t finish it and think “omg this is the best book I have ever read” but it left me thinking over what happened for hours. The whole book is written from Henry’s POV, which I think was the right call. This way the reader is kept in the dark as much as Henry is. We figure out Grace’s past when Henry does. Which means I was left trying to unravel the conundrum that was Grace Town. But it is completely worth it in the ending. I don’t want to give much away but her story is so heart wrenching that all of her so called “quirky” behaviour starts to makes perfect sense.
Although this book had it’s share of emotional moments it was well balanced with humourous interludes. I particularly found Henry’s friends and family highly entertaining. Henry has a sister who is quite a bit older than him. She is a well renowned Neuroscientist. However, she is not your stereotypical genius. She was the rebel in school, always getting in trouble, doing everything she shouldn’t. I thought this was a fun idea. Often in books the smart kids always follow the rules and can often be seen as socially awkward and shy. Henry’s sister, Sadie, was definitely none of those things. She was also refreshingly honest and is always ready to give Henry sisterly advice.
Overall I really enjoyed this read. The nerdy references alone are worth the read (especially Harry Potter ones). Have you read this book yet? What did you think?
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