Review: Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

Posted January 13, 2017 by Tiffani @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 0 Comments

Review: Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal SutherlandOur Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers on October 4th 2016
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover
Source: Own
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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. 


This book was a bit of a roller coaster of emotions for me. When I read the synopsis on the back of this book, I skimmed it and thought it would be about a popular/normal guy who falls for the weird/crazy girl. WRONG. I was pleasantly surprised when said guy had SHOULDER LENGTH hair and wore skinny jeans, and said girl used to be very popular. This whole book, along with the characters, have a very poetic feeling about them. A damaged girl, a guy who’s never cared enough to have a girlfriend, and Australian guy hung up on his ex, and a lesbian who once kissed said no-girlfriend guy. Parents have slowly drifted apart. Death. It’s a very ominous yet inspiring book.

There’s two very detailed and ambient settings in this book that I favor and that really give it it’s oomph.

  1. An underground flooded train station with fish in the water, like a pond.
  2. A newspaper classroom with clear walls and a sex-stained couch (disgusting).

As you delve into this story, it’s hard to not root for Grace and Henry (p.s. these are the people mentioned in the first paragraph). They’re quirky and the main love interest is always rooted for. However, later on in character development, I strayed that opinion. I love how this book ended up, despite how I felt about them for the first 70% of it.

As mentioned in the synopsis from Goodreads, this book definitely has a John Green vibe going, but in a newer light. I loved the adventure I was on while reading this book and would definitely read more by this author. Have you picked this up yet? Happy reading!

While I tried to do a Musical Pairing for this book, I got about halfway through while listening to music before life got in the way. Instead, I have artists to listen to that fit this novel.

The Strokes


Troye Sivan

twentyone pilots

Vance Joy

Bring Me The Horizon



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Tiffani @ Bookish Things

About Tiffani @ Bookish Things

I love anime, Halloween, makeup, my cat Dexter, and strange music. Currently a Barnes & Noble barista.

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