Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Our chemical hearts.


A friend lent me his book, Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland, and I was more than happy to borrow it. It was a good YA contemporary read, with a perfect mix of humor and seriousness. It's about heartbreak, loss, growing up and acceptance.

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.

This book is brilliant, painful, heart breaking and absolutely hilarious. The characters were all lovable. Henry is humble, sweet, very witty and generally a good guy. It's not until Grace, a new girl at school, shows up that his universe is thrown into a tailspin. I didn’t absolutely agree with every message in the book, but I loved that it got me thinking so much about life and love and loss. Even when it ended on a different note, it was greatly satisfying.

keep reading. with love,
yuki motokane.

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