Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland
THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016
Genre: YA Fiction
‘I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between shadow and soul.’
I spend alot of time reading YA books. Because I like them and the issues they present and I like to be up to date, so to speak. This one blew me away.
Henry is a senior at high school and has been selected to be the editor of his HS paper. Alongside the mysterious new girl who takes his breath away and drives him to madness. Grace Town is dark. Mysterious. Gothic. And has secrets. Henry attempts to woo her and discovers that love it not eternal, that love at first sight does not exsist and that life is filled with disappointment.
I really enjoyed this one because for once, it’s not the male being a dick and emotionally draining. It is through Henry’s perspective and is alot about his idea of love with Grace Town who is mourning her dead boy friend by wearing his clothes and being a genral nut case. To quote Perks:
‘We accept the love we think we deserve.’
This book does not have a happy ending where everything falls into place and everyone lives happily ever after. This is a book that is emotionally raw and true to what love is really like and built on totally believable circumstances and how your first love might not be your last.
I highly recommend this one. Especially for those who were disappointed by The Fault in Our Stars like I was.