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Our Chemical Hearts

Review by Giulietta Gigliotti (Girl with a Pen)

Every so often a book comes along that spices everything up. Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland is exactly that book. A simple story about a boy called Henry, who is striving to get into a college, whilst hoping to become the editor of the school newspaper, and find himself a girlfriend. But with the arrival of a new girl at his school, his whole world changes. The new girl, Grace, clothed in baggy, smelly male looking clothes, with unwashed hair and the face of a zombie, finds herself the centre of Henry’s world when they are both placed on the editorial team of the school newspaper. But as their friendship blossoms, so does Henry’s feelings for Grace. Meanwhile, Grace is still lost in love with her deceased boyfriend.

Krystal Sutherland has written a new and fresh perspective on teenage angst and first love in a gripping and heartbreaking tale about a girl and boy who are just right for each other, if only they met each other before. Before the accident, before Grace changed, before Henry knew what a broken heart felt like. This clever, witty, and lyrical story is a classic, but with fresh and modern twists and turns thrown in. This book is an almost perfect representation of how love can physically hurt us all.

If you like the kind of book that makes you feel, makes you hurt from the inside out whilst reading, then this is the book for you.