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Our Chemical Hearts

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  20,535 ratings  ·  3,222 reviews
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 Gra ...more
Paperback, 313 pages
Published October 4th 2016 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Durva Bhatt I agree with you on so many levels. Like there was no personal connection with the characters. I feel like it was maybe because there was quantitavie …moreI agree with you on so many levels. Like there was no personal connection with the characters. I feel like it was maybe because there was quantitavie character development but not much quality wise. Does that make sense? Like there was less efforts describing their looks, they were often compared to celebrities which limited the uniqueness.
Moreover, there was not much special about the plot, like highly predictable and all.
Those deep philosophical conversations were the only instances where I enjoyed reading.

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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
One of those, "Why did I take so long to read this book?" This book broke my heart a little bit.

I loved Henry and Grace's characters so much. I loved Henry's friends so much. But, the story was just so freaking sad. I wanted to know, had to know, what happened to Grace to make her the way she was in the book. Why was she so unkempt, why did she wear men's clothes, why didn't she bathe that often, why did she walk with a limp? I had a couple of different scenario's and it finally came together I
mxa ☂︎
“We were characters out of a movie.
We were thoroughly alive.
And we were absolutely beautiful.”

This is Sutherland's debut novel?! How? What? I'm shook. I honestly don't know how I'm going to review this beautifully written book. There's just no way I could do it justice but I'll try my very best to at least show my love for it :) 

One word that stood out for me throughout this entire reading experience is smart. This book is so realistically smart, like does that even make sense? It’s filled wit
✨ A ✨
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: If you're looking for a YA contemporary that is both devastating and beautiful
“Grace Town is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.”

Henry Page has worked hard to become editor of his high school newspaper, years of getting the right grades and being a model student. But then the new strange girl gets handed Co-editor status on her first day.

Unkempt, dressed in over sized men's clothing and walks with a cane — as Henry and Grace spend more time together working on the newspaper, Henry let's the mystery of why Grace Town is the way she is, consume him.

This is
Holly Bourne
Aug 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
A really thought-provoking book. I'm not going to lie, initially I was concerned because I wasn't sure what the story was trying to do. But then it slowly snuck up on me and, by the end, proceeded to gouge out my soul. A brilliant, cutting, moving (and yet hilarious) smack-down of Manic Pixie Dream Girls - and how you should love a girl, not just the idea of a girl. ...more
All I felt while reading this was bored and annoyed. This book was just unbearable to read.

(And please don't mistake the fact that I read this in under a day as an indication that I liked it, as the only reason I read it so fast was because I couldn't wait for it to be over.)

It felt like I was reading a very poorly-made John Green knock-off. And that's saying something. John Green's books, after you've compared them to all the other YA books you have read (in my case, I have read around 320 Youn
Aj the Ravenous Reader
Have you ever read a book and felt like you wrote it? I know this sounds too egotistic, ambitious, haughty [insert other synonyms here] of me and I hope the author doesn’t condemn me but if I could write even just half as good as Ms. Krystal Sutherland, this book for me feels like I wrote it. As I was reading, it felt like my ideas, my thoughts, my references were all pouring out in the pages of the book which makes me feel both weird and amazed seeing that I didn’t write it.

Winning line to ski
♛ may

So this is certainly not a story of love at first sight.
But it is a love story.
Kind of.

What on earth was this book?? It made me feel all these strange, strange emotions and I’m still trying to figure it out????


Our main character, Henry, is a loveable child who is a total hopeless romantic ((basically me)) and meets this very odd girl, Grace Town, at school. She’s totally weird, and in the most fascinating of ways. She hobbles in the room with a cane and prominent limp, her hair is choppy a
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. I wanted to read this book because it was compared to Fault in Our Stars and Eleanor & Park, two of my most favorite books of all time. I really wanted to love this book, but I just liked it. It was too quirky, bordering on silly, if you edit all that, this book would have been fantastic.
While reading this book, I did a list of all the things that I loved about it, because I knew I would be too emotional in the end to write something. So here it is:

* lots of Harry Potter references
* tackle the ‘not like the other girls’ trope
* makes it really clear that you don’t choose your sexuality - hell yeah
* Grace & Henry’s conversations via Facebook are everything !
* Grace and I have the same favorite song ;)
* Henry’s parents are so dang cool, so is his big sister Sandie
* the trio formed
Mara YA Mood Reader
Wow. Like just. Wow. I did not expect this depth by the synopsis and the first few chapters. I thought this to be a light, fluffy YA romance.

But in actuality it freaking gutted me. And in all honestly it was triggering. I’ve been battling with depression lately, having more bad days than good and the deep, deep depths we sunk to with Grace took me a little far into my own dark path.

But the fact that the author was able to do that. To move me so compellingly. To portray such pain and feelings o
Taylor Knight
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
I really loved this book. It was funny and cute but it also had a lot of meaning. I loved how everything was balanced and it wasn't just a fluffy contemporary and it wasn't one of those books that will leave you feeling like you got ran over by a train. It was the perfect mix of funny and serious.
I loved the characters so much and even the secondary characters were really amazing and well written. I thought the characters had interesting and different perspectives. They weren't like any charact
h o l l i s
"Mother. Father. I have news."
"You've been conscripted to the war? What decade are you speaking from?"
"Ugh, fine : Home-Daddy, Mama P., I got a live tweet coming at you. Better?"
"Oh God, go back to World War Two, please."

There hasn't been a sad book that has made me laugh so hard, so helplessly, in.. a long time. Thank you, OUR CHEMICAL HEARTS, for giving me a well-rounded devastating and charming and sweet and awful and hilarious experience.

"Who's the sheila, mate? Saw you going off after her l
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the most beautiful books I have ever read! The story is a coming of age one that brings you on an emotional journey that will have you so engrossed in SO many emotions. The dialogue in this book is some of the funniest exchanges! This is a short book so if you do not want a long drawn out read I highly recommend you pick it up. Was so good!
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
This is the second book in a row that I've read that I thoroughly enjoyed, but still had a handful of problems with it. I loved the writing and the humor, but the whole 'trying to cancel out the manic pixie dream girl by calling her a manic pixie dream girl over and OVER' thing was too much. Same thing with the racism. The main character calls out the racism.... but then continues to call a character named Seeta Ganguly, Sugar Gandhi instead of her actual name. Those two things really rubbed me ...more
Nov 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grace Town was a chemical explosion inside my heart. She was a star that’d gone supernova. For a few fleeting moments there was light and heat and pain, brighter than a galaxy, and in her wake she left nothing but darkness. But the death of stars provides the building blocks of life. We’re all made of star stuff. We’re all made of Grace Town.

Henry Page! Can we cry together?
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.

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 to
Yna the Mood Reader
"They've poisoned you with this 'love is patient, love is kind' bullshit since you were a kid. But love is scientific, man. I mean, it's really just a chemical reaction in the brain. Sometimes that reaction lasts a lifetime, repeating itself over and over again. And sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes it goes supernova and then starts to fade. We're all just chemical hearts. Does that make love any less brilliant? I don't think so."

📖 Read as an audiobook. 📖
📚 Series:  No.
📚 Genre: YA Ro
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was heartfelt, hilarious and left me slightly broken. It's such a great contemporary, with YA cliches, but used in an unique and meaningful way. I loved the main character (Henry, my love), the friendships, and the subtle hints at feminism that randomly popped up.

But I think the main thing that stood out and mattered was how damaging unhealthy relationships can be, but how that also can lead to a journey of self discovery and healing. It was raw and needed.
Mar 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i am speechless. should i cry? should i laugh? should i stare into nothingness?? this book is explosive. in a good way. reminds me that when u love someone doesnt mean u live happy ever after.

i love this book. it deals with grief and letting go. justice and redemption in most meaningful way.

my heart and my soul explodes like a firework.
2 Stars

There was nothing strongly disagreeable about this story, it simply wasn’t my kind of YA read.

Our MC, seventeen-year-old Henry Page, is caught up in fascination, in lust and, soon enough, in love, when a mysterious girl named Grace Town transfers to his school senior year. Grace has clearly been through a recent physical ordeal, based on her pronounced limp, and some sort of an emotional trauma, if her morose mood is anything to go by. Yet, Henry finds himself captivated, even when all s
Odette Brethouwer
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Oh, this is such a beautiful book.

When I was at 60%, I was still feeling meh about this book, it felt average.

But then, oh my. This book is beautiful in a way like All the Bright Places is beautiful, but the book is still very different.

I like the point of view, from the guy, but that did not felt like this is how a guy would feel and think, but rather how a female want a guy to think and feel and all.

That point where this book grabbed me and touched me and made me cry (yep), oh gosh. The feels
Bec (becklebooks)
Sep 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This was such a wonderfully (often hilariously) narrated YA contemporary that I did not expect to adore, but Henry was too honest not to love and his story made my heart swell.

You how tropes can run rampant to dominate a story? NOT HERE! It's like Krystal Sutherland skipped up to each trope, acknowledged it with a high five, and then walked in another direction. I loved her for doing that, it gave her book a backbone of hilarity and anticipation.

These characters felt real to me; from Henry's n
rachel ☾
I'm so conflicted. I do not know what I feel about this book. I definitely did not enjoy it wholeheartedly but I did appreciate some of what it did was trying to achieve. The ending was by far my favourite aspect of the story. It would have been so much more gut-wrenching and impacting if I had found the romance even remotely shippable before that… but I did not, unfortunately. I struggled with Grace’s character so much. I found the portrayal of her mental illness incredibly problematic. I canno ...more
Sara ➽ Ink Is My Sword
4 I may be just a side character of a bigger love story Stars

BONUS: Reminding me- Shawn Hook ft Vanessa Hudgens 🎶

"But love is scientific, man. I mean, it's really just a chemical reaction in the brain. Sometimes that reaction lasts a lifetime, repeating itself over and over again. And sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes it goes supernova and then starts to fade. We're all just chemical heart"

First word that this book provokes for me is, confusion . I felt confused in terms of liking or hating
Ryan Buckby
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
actual rating: 4.5

First love is an epic disaster
i enjoyed this debut book 'our chemical hearts' by Krystal sutherland it had everything that i love about contemporary novels and it doesn't disappoint at all. Sure it had all the cliché things but thats what made this story enjoyable and it made the story work.

it was a quick and easy read and every time i picked up the book i couldn't stop reading it, i praise krystal's writing style and how well thought out the story was. This story is about
Dec 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Love doesn't need to last a lifetime for it to be real. You can't judge the quality of a love by the length of time it lasts.

This book presents in the most perfect way how everything that happens to us shapes us and how hard it is to handle a huge loss. It's written in such a beautiful and realistic way, it's honestly so easy to get lost into the story.

We have Henry Page, a high school senior who loves to write and worked his ass off to become the editor of the school newspaper. He never had an
Aug 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Our Chemical Hearts reminds me of a lot of other YA contemporary books I've read; a mashup of bits from All The Bright Places, Papertowns, Eleanor & Park, The Start of Me and You, and When We Collided. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, because at the same time it did have its own touch and overall i actually quite enjoyed it!I am rating this 4 out of 5 stars.

I think my favourite thing about My Chemical Hearts is the narration by the main character Henry. He has a fun and refreshing personality
Israt Zaman Disha
2.5 stars!!!
I am confused about this book. I don't like it much, I can predict some parts of it. But I predicted the ending wrong. That's why I'm giving it .5 star more. The ending is happy in its own way. And I totally get it for Henry and Grace. But I don't get it for the rest of the couples who broke up at the end which also seems unnecessary. And again, some rare fairy tale couples exist or so I believe.
Hélène Louise
This book has many qualities but alas some crippling flaws... In the end it wasn't a good read and I still don't understand how the entourage of the writer (friends, editor, beta-readers) didn't point the evidences.

The good points are quiet numerous: a good writing, an excellent voice for the narrator (a boy of sixteen yo), some rather humorous scenes and plenty of personal ideas. A desire to show how a so called romantic relation can be in fact a toxic one.

But the execution lacks of rigor,
This was a bit different to the usual teen romance books (I say that as if I'm an expert ;-) ) in that the narrator is Henry Page, a seventeen-year-old highschool senior, a nice guy, who wants to become the editor of the school's newspaper.
Grace Town is a new transfer - she's a bit grimy, wears men clothes and walks with a limp and a stick. She's not a ray of sunshine.
As with all YA romance books, there's pull and push, misunderstandings, miscommunication.
I liked that Neruda was mentione
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Krystal Sutherland is an internationally published author. Her latest novel for young adults, House of Hollow, was released by Penguin in April 2021. Sutherland's first novel, Chemical Hearts, was published in over 20 countries and was named by the American Booksellers Association as one of the best debuts of 2016. The film adaptation, produced by Amazon Studios, stars Lili Reinhart (Riverdale) an ...more

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