Book Review: Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

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Book Details

Title: Our Chemical Hearts

Author: Krystal Sutherland

Date Published: October 4, 2016

Number of Pages: 320

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

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“They’ve poisoned you with this ‘love is patient, love is kind’ bullshit since you were a kid. But love is scientific, man. I mean, it’s really just a chemical reaction in the brain. Sometimes that reaction lasts a lifetime, repeating itself over and over again. And sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes it goes supernova and then starts to fade. We’re all just chemical hearts. Does that make love any less brilliant? I don’t think so.”

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πŸ“– Read as an audiobook. πŸ“–
πŸ“š Series: No.
πŸ“š Genre: YA Romance.
πŸ“š Cliffhanger: No.

⚠ Content Warnings: Death and dealing with death.
⚠ Read if: you are a fan of John Green and manic pixie dream girls. πŸ˜… Also if you enjoy first love and first heartbreak.

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Book Blurb from Goodreads

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.

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My Review

I finally got to finish a book this month! September was such a hard reading month for me. But hopefully I’ll get to squeeze in more reads.

Our Chemical Hearts was a surprisingly good read for me. Going in this book, I was expecting typical YA plot lines, especially since the blurb is similar to books published that time.

Having finished this read, I can say that I somehow agree, but this fact does not make me love this book any less.

If you are looking for a hilarious yet heartfelt read, then this is the book for you. The book is funny, quite self-aware and self deprecating, but also so so sad.

As Henry narrated the story of his senior life, I have felt a spectrum of crazy emotions and I felt a strong attachment to him and his friends. He was quite the naive idealistic hero that I just want to keep and protect.

Grace, on the other hand, is the not-MPDG wounded girl love interest of Henry. Learning about her is quite frustrating because I feel sad for her yet hate her at the same time.

I’m trying to find the right words to say how I feel while avoiding to spoil things. This book might be one of the saddest books ever. It was realistic and has shaped grief in a way that has reminded me of the painful things I have went through personally.

I have to commend the author for writing such an emotionally provoking novel. The author was able to pull me in with the way she wrote the book. I loved all the metaphors scattered around the story. The best scene for me is when Henry and his sister were talking about love and heartbreak. All the lines were bittersweet yet they were all very beautiful.

I also have to commend how Henry’s friends made the story a little less sad and a lot more fun. Plus, the pop culture references can made it lighter and more interesting.

There’s so much more that I can rave about, but in finality, I can say, I would love to reread this in the future so I can annotate everything that I loved.

Great book! I loved it so much

Audiobook wise, I would love to commend the narrator. He did such an amazing job. He was a great actor and I love all the accents he did! It made the story even more heartbreaking.

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My Book Rating Breakdown

🌼 Blurb:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Main Character:β­β­β­β­β˜†
🌼 Significant Other: β­β­β­β­β˜†
🌼 Support Characters:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Writing Style:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Character Development:β­β­β­β­β˜†
🌼 Romance: β­β­β­β­β˜†
🌼 Pacing: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Ending: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Unputdownability: β­β­β­β­β˜†
🌼 Book Cover:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Audiobook Production: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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☁FINAL VERDICT: 4.58/5 ☁


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