All love is equal in the brain | Our Chemical Hearts | A Review

Requested from Netgalley, Our Chemical Hearts is Krystal Sutherland’s debut novel, writing from the point of view of Henry, hopeless romantic and unlucky kid who is thrust into a ‘romance’ with ‘good-girl-gone-bad’ Grace Town.

From Goodreads:

John Green meets Rainbow Rowell in this irresistible story of first love, broken hearts, and the golden seams that put them back together again.

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.

Our Chemical Hearts isn’t your average romance story. Henry is seemingly naive until the last few pages, and Grace is a complication waiting to explode.

I mean that with love of course. Henry and Grace’s ‘relationship’ will be understandable to so many. And what’s nice is that eventually, Henry tries to figure out what happened, why Grace is the way she is.

There’s a major reason for Grace and there’s a reason the relationship doesn’t really work. And that’s the nice thing about the book, there isn’t really a happy ending. It’s not boy meets girl, stays together forever kind of thing. It’s simple. Relationships don’t always work or last or whatever.Krystal is just being real.

I’m not saying that Krystal Sutherland is the first writer to do this, but this is the first book that I’ve read where it’s from the guys point of view and it’s not all rainbows and butterflies. FYI – if you guys know of any books I should look up, hit me up in the comments below!


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