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.
“Love doesn’t need to last lifetime for it to be real.”
Our Chemical Hearts has been lying on my bookshelf for at least a year; if not more, so when I started this plan to tackle my TBR – this book went on this list; mostly because the blurb of this book is quite interesting.
Henry Page is an anomaly in this teenage boy world; he doesn’t usually have crushes but he definitely believes in the power of “soul mates”; especially after experiencing a real life example of his parents.
Grace Town is a newly transferred student in Henry’s school and a girl who wouldn’t have been on his radar if not for his teacher offering both of them the position of “Editor” together, a position usually held by only one student and one that Henry has coveted for a long time!
The story/ the plot to be specific does veer off in the typical fashion into a love story, though a bit more angstier than expected from a YA romance; yet even with my hopes the plot ends being a whole more predictable than it could have been.
It was the “moral” of the story that I ended up loving though – there is no traditional HEA for either of the MC’s but there is growth, learning, hurting and a whole lot of maturity by the end of the story than there was at start!
And this; honestly would have been enough for me to adore the story, if NOT for the fact that by the middle of the book, I was struggling to connect to the story as a whole – it became a bit slow for me to fully appreciate the thought behind the book.