Our Chemical Hearts

Our Chemical Hearts

eBook - 2016
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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. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York, NY : G.P. Putnam's Sons/Penguin Young Readers Group, 2016
ISBN: 9780399546587
Branch Call Number: FICTION Sut
Description: 1 online resource
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Sep 29, 2020

Our Chemical Hearts is a gripping book about how a tragedy changes people, how recovery isn’t always easy as we’d like to think. Grace Town shows up the first day of Henry’s senior year, looking rather rough around the edges, but with some amateur sleuthing he and his friends track down her Before. Except this is the After, and as much as Henry fantasizes about his idea of Grace, their rocky relationship isn’t healthy for either of them. Slowly learning to come to terms with the fact that Grace may never be ‘good’ again, Henry starts to see the cracks in the pretty bubble he’s constructed around his life. This book tackles loss and mental health in a very real way, rough around the edges, and yet does it all quietly, like an unspoken secret between the reader and author. And through a story about death, comes a lesson about life for everyone.

Nov 06, 2018

Henry was a pretty average high schooler who has never been in love, so he doesn’t have anything to compare to what he feels for Grace. His first impression of her wasn’t so great, just a broken girl that wears overly-sized men clothes. But when the two co-edit their school’s newspaper together, Henry’s interest in her skyrockets. But Grace sends mixed signals and doesn’t has a mysterious upbringing. When grief and love mix together, the outcome is unpredictable. Although I find that the author has an interesting writing style and Grace’s backstory had me hooked, by the end, I didn’t really enjoy this novel. The characters were not too developed, especially Grace, and I didn’t find that I particularly enjoyed the main pair, separately or together. The plot was pretty interesting but the ending, although realistic and quite the tearjerker, didn’t satisfy me. Rating:3/5
@Iron_Rose of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Aug 15, 2017

3.5-3.75 Stars

I'm not really sure how to rate this book. I admit, I liked it, but I can't really tell how much I liked it.

Our Chemical Hearts combines the two worst possible addends: love and grief. I found the love ugly, but by ugly, I don't mean it in a negative way. The relationship between our two main characters is incredibly moving and heart-wrenching. I just couldn't ignore it, despite the fact that some of Henry's thoughts were rather disquieting.

Romance is difficult to write well. There are so many emotions to be captured, but at the same time, you don't want to spend too much time on contemplation.

There are several portions that make you think. A lot. It's pretty deep and metaphorical at times, and I was a total fan of that. BUT sometimes it becomes over-the-top and kinda desperate.

There is a perfect blend of humor in the story too, mainly involving Henry's friends and family.

I liked the fact that the school life in Our Chemical Hearts isn't too cliché. There aren't cliques, and everyone talks to everyone.

Something I'd potentially complain about is the number of references. There's an overload of them, and it made things difficult to keep up with at times. There's a political one, and I just didn't feel like it needed to be there.

Jul 25, 2017

One of the most beautiful books I've ever read.

ArapahoeStaff1 Jul 13, 2017

For fans of complicated romance, this book is definitely for you. These two teens just want to work it out, but when you're carrying around a lot of baggage, it's difficult. You're left wondering if they are really even meant for one another after all. It's a roller coaster of emotion, and an inside look at how a teen might deal with grief after losing a loved one.

Jun 03, 2017

One of my forever favourite books

Dec 08, 2016

Young adult novel. Bittersweet. Unrequited love. I really enjoyed the characters, very believeable. Humour and sadness. A good read

Dec 08, 2016

Beautifully written coming of age story. A bit sad, as comings of age usually are.


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Aug 15, 2017

Sexual Content: Sex scenes, making out, kissing.

Aug 15, 2017

Coarse Language: Swears


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Aug 15, 2017

jmli thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over


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Aug 15, 2017

A high school story about first love between two passionate editors—a lonely boy and a mysterious new girl.


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Aug 15, 2017

"Why is it that we're so willing to hurt the ones we care about the most?"

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