Our Chemical Hearts

Our Chemical Hearts

by Krystal Sutherland

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ISBN-13: 9780399546570
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 261,248
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Krystal Sutherland was born and raised in Townsville, Australia, a place that has never experienced winter. Since then she's lived in Sydney, where she edited her university's student magazine; Amsterdam, where she worked as a foreign correspondent; and Hong Kong. She has no pets and no children, but is fond of naming inanimate objects: in the Netherlands she owned a Dutch bicycle called Kim Kardashian, and a small, inflatable velociraptor called Herbert. Our Chemical Hearts is her debut novel.

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Our Chemical Hearts 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didnt like the ending it was dissapointing but i still loved it to death
Amber__H More than 1 year ago
Our Chemical Hearts brings us through a world of heartbreak and young love. It is a brilliant novel full of mysteries, plot-twists and character development. It displays the imperfection of love and how there isn’t always a fairy tale ending; sometimes, one has to face the hard truth. It is heart-jerking, and sends a powerful message that needed to be sent. My heartstrings ache with all the emotion in this novel, and the ending was a whirlwind of feelings. I don’t think I’ve ever cried so hard or felt so much sympathy for the characters. We meet Henry, a bright and intelligent boy who loves to write, and Grace, a solemn, odd girl with men’s attire and cropped hair. Grace is very mysterious, an enigma; her backstory is one of the most heartbreaking I’ve ever read, and her past is so deep and full of guilt. Henry imagines himself as the desperate romantic with his first love, however, as he discovers, that’s not how love usually unfolds. I adore his light-hearted, hopeful, caring self, and he is so determined and dedicated with all that he does. When he begins to fall for Grace, he is naive and innocent, and is desperate to “heal” her of whatever her struggles were. He desires to learn about Grace and uncover her pain; little does he know the black hole he’s getting himself into. All of the characters are very realistic and relatable; I felt every raw emotion that they felt: all the pain, love, frustration, and guilt. I was completely immersed in their lives, and every chapter I was living through myself. The bonds of friendships and loved ones are inexplicable strong, and the novel displays perfectly of how much a bond with someone can affect one’s life. Our Chemical Hearts is definitely thought-provoking and has so many hidden meanings that contribute to the message that the novel sends. Each chapter is special and important; each one is intriguing and surprising. Every time I discovered something new about someone’s backstory or feelings, it blew my mind. I read this novel in one day and I couldn’t put the book down. It was such a unique and shocking ending; it was a complete plot-twist, and the character’s actions at the end broke my heart. I felt so much emotion, I didn’t know what to think when I closed the book. It’s one of my favorite novels I have read because of all the emotion and the message it sends to its readers. The moral of young and sometimes poisonous love is important to notice, especially if one is in a relationship that isn’t healthy. In Henry and Grace’s case, we learn that love if sometimes difficult, and there are several obstacles that might complicate a relationship. Love doesn’t always work out, but we have to learn to manage our remorse. The novel also introduces dealing with a huge loss, and how to cope and heal from that tragedy. It talks about personal acceptance and finding the different personalities of one person; sometimes, there are hidden sides of people that we don’t know about that we should accept and cherish- after all, it is part of who they are. Krystal Sutherland is a very descriptive author, and portrays this love story perfectly. I loved her dialogue and the feelings shown, and overall her work is fantastic. Our Chemical Hearts is such an inspirational book, and is imbedded deep in me. “Don't mourn a failed love; there is no such thing. All love is equal in the brain.” - Krystal Sutherland, Our Chemical Hearts
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not like this book. It was too depressing. I know life is about love, living, and death. But this book had nothing positive about it. Henry was a great guy, who deserved happiness, yet he received nothing in return from Grace. I felt that Grace was selfish, self-absorbed, and immature. It was about young love, but also about despression, and mental instability. Those 3 things should not be experienced at the same time. There is enough negativity in the world as it is. The writer should give young people hope for a better tomorrow. I would not recommend this book. Young people have enough trouble as it is. Gtx
Valerian70 More than 1 year ago
Grace Town has taken the huge step of changing schools in Senior Year and this has brought her to the notice of Henry Page. Grace Town walks with a cane, wears boys/mens clothes and has self cut hair; despite these traits which would be fodder for the bullies in any other school this makes her all the more enigmatic and interesting to Henry. Henry is, to say the least, inexperienced and more than a little naive. His only real romantic interlude to date was with his best friend Lola who decided, directly after kissing him, that she was actually a lesbian. It's fair to say that Grace Town turns his world completely upside down and inside out. This is a quirky first love story set over the first semester of the school year. It deals with the enormity of the emotional shock that this love failing generates. Primarily this is via Henry's friend Murray who has loved and lost "Sugar Ghandi" and would suffer any ignominy to get her back. Then the all consuming grief of Grace for her previous boyfriend Dom and finally the revelations of Henry's sister Sadie about the real state of their parent's marriage. Told with a mixture of prose and text exchanges the story flows easily and reads semi-realistically. I did find that I couldn't really get invested in any of the characters and after the first half of the book I wanted to knock Henry and Grace's heads together and tell them to stop being so internalised and selfish. Then again, that is the true nature of the teenager I suppose. There's nothing intrinsically wrong with this book, but I think it suffers a little from me being older than the target demographic by quite a few years.
Chancie More than 1 year ago
Powerful, intense, unique, and holds onto strong but subtle themes. Really enjoyed it, and it pulled on a lot of heartstrings. Good writing, good characters, original and new kind of love story. I really appreciated this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so captivating, honest, and orginal. My heart ached and the narrator seemed so real. I loved it.
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland drew me in with the beautiful cover and my interest built with the synopsis. The mysterious Grace and the non-mysterious Henry are chosen to be the senior editors of the school newspaper. Grace flat out says no! The intrigue of Grace and the nonchalance of Henry pulled me into the story immediately. Complicated characters, complex lives and an emotional roller coaster make this book therapeutic. This young adult story is charming and endearing, romantic and humorous, and tragic, all at the same time. Wow! What a read! 5 stars for cleverness and un-put-down-ability! The author's reference page is charming also. Highly recommended!
arelireads More than 1 year ago
Our Chemical Hearts is a novel that proves that love is not perfect but it is (and will always be) a beautiful feeling. This book is so heartbreaking. I felt so empty and in so much pain during and after reading it. It just feels so real. It's like every teen's adventure on first love. When you read it, you will definitely remember your (stupidity) first love... like when you thought you were meant to be together. You thought that you wanna marry each other. But it turns out that you're just a fool in love. But this is not just a heartbreaking love story. It is also an inspiring friendship story. Henry, Lola and Murray are totally friendship goals!!! They were always there for each other, through both the good and tough times. What I love most about this novel is that IT IS GENERALLY AWESOME. It was written in an awesome way. It has awesome characters (i.e. Henry, Henry's friends, Henry's parents). I also love how the characters were really easy to love. I admit that I sort of had an attachment to the characters. :D :D I also think that this is more like John Green meets Jennifer Niven and Rainbow Rowell kind of book. Our Chemical Hearts is like love... It is so beautiful that you would not mind getting hurt by it. Congratulations for this awesome debut, Krystal Sutherland! **I received a review copy from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion about the book.**
mdemanatee More than 1 year ago
I went into this book super skeptical, and it charmed me. It was deeper than I expected. It handled things in an honest way. It had some super fun best friends. And I dealt with tough issues without feeling like it was exploiting or romanticizing those issues.
Lisa-LostInLiterature More than 1 year ago
Let’s be honest here… I couldn’t resist this cover. I saw the cover, THEN read the synopsis, and was immediately all GIVE THIS TO ME NOW!!! So yeah, this book was going to be read by me, regardless of any other factors. When I received a copy at my door I jumped with excitement!! All kinds of happiness from me. And I’m happy to say I was pretty delighted with this read!! (Did I seriously just use the word “delighted” in a sentence?! 0_0) I’m a sucker for stories narrated by males, so let’s just put that out there. Growing up in a household with only brothers, and the fact that most of my friends were boys, I seem to relate to the male voice on a deep level. I rarely have the pleasure of reading a male narrated story, but it’s something I almost always love. Henry was an easy character to love for sure. I instantly felt for him and wanted only the best for this guy. He won me over in a matter of mere pages. The secondary characters were pretty incredible as well. I loved the banter between them and how humor was brought to an otherwise sad story. The fact that this story addressed love in all of its goodness AND ugliness was refreshing. Love isn’t always sunshine and rainbows. It doesn’t always end in a HEA. It isn’t always all happiness. To see the darker side of love in a YA book was a nice change from the norm, despite its being hard to read at times. The most complex of the secondary characters has to be Grace Town. A tortured soul through and through. Grace has experienced loss that many others at her age haven’t. She’s a very in-depth character that’s hard to pick apart at first, but slowly begins to unravel as the story progresses. There were a few little things here and there that I didn’t 100% love, but overall this was a wonderful story. I loved the honesty and bluntness of it, and how it showed the realistic side of love, not just the fairy-tale side. I also loved the messages that teens are sure to take away from this story. I should note as well that this story does contain some alcohol consumption and sexual situations, so it may not be appropriate for younger teens. I’d definitely recommend this to older teens looking for a realistic story that they can relate to. (Thanks to Penguin Teen for the review copy!)
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
I liked this book but have found that it is a rather tough one for me to rate. I was initially grabbed by the awesome cover and after reading the description, I just had to read it. There were things that I really liked about it and other parts that just didn't do a lot for me. I have been wavering between 3 and 4 stars and have finally settled on a 4 star rating since it was a rather enjoyable read overall. It was a really quick read that took a few turns that I didn't expect. I loved the characters in this book. Henry was great. I loved him and his group of friends. His parents and sister were also quite amazing. I wasn't as sold on Grace. From the beginning of the book, it was very obvious that Grace was keeping something major to herself so it is no wonder that her character was more of a mystery. I did enjoy the interactions between Henry and Grace when they were together. The main focus of this book is really solving the mystery that is Grace and Henry builds a relationship with her. Grace does have some tragedy in her past which is greatly impacting her present. Henry is patient and tries to be there for Grace even though he wants to move forward and focus on a future with her. For Henry, Grace becomes his total focus often to the detriment of other things in his life. In addition to being a story of first love, Henry learns a lot about himself, his family, and his friends over the course of the story. I would recommend this book to others. I do think that this book is appropriate for older teens. There are some elements to the story that younger teens may not be ready for including drinking and sexual situations. This is the first book by Krystal Sutherland that I have read and I plan to look for her work in the future. I received an advance review copy of this book from G. P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers via First to Read for the purpose of providing an honest review.