Saturday, 19 November 2016

Review - Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

Title: Our Chemical Hearts
Author: Krystal Sutherland
Pages: 320
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Release date: 4th October 2016

Blurb from Goodreads: 
Henry Page, a hopeless romantic and film buff, is smitten as soon as Grace Town walks into his classroom. But Grace - who looks in need of a good bath, is dressed in guy's clothing, and walks with a cane - is unlike any leading lady he's ever obsessed over. And when Henry and Grace are both offered positions as editors of their high school newspaper, the mystery of Grace begins to captivate him. Why does she visit a graveyard every afternoon? What secret does she keep locked away in her bedroom? Above all, why is Grace Town so deeply sad? Before he knows it, Henry is sure that he is the one to unlock her happiness. But Grace is capricious, changeable, infuriating, and, above all, damaged. Henry will need to be the strongest he has ever been to survive this particular love story.

My Review:
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Bonnier Publishing and NetGalley*

Henry Page has always wondered what falling in love would be like. He's seen his friends fall in love and has witnessed his parents' true love.
Then Henry meets Grace Town, a girl who needs a cane to help her walk, a girl who dresses in boy's clothes and needs a wash.
Henry and Grace work on the school newspaper together and start growing closer.
Why does Grace seem like two people sometimes?
Why doesn't she drive?

Our Chemical Hearts is one of the funniest reads I've read in a long time. I smiled a lot while reading it and really liked Henry's narration.
Henry was a very good protagonist. He was funny, relatable and I wanted him to be happy.
I had mixed feelings about Grace. I felt sorry for her but she was very messed up (understandably).
The supporting characters in this were awesome - I loved La and Murray (Henry's friends) as well as Henry's parents and sister.
It was nice for the main character to have a good relationship with his parents and sibling(s).
The plot was good and held my attention but I wasn't gripped and guessed a couple of things.
This was an emotional, realistic read about friendship, grief and love.

Overall this was an enjoyable, funny read that I would recommend.