Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland (2016)

Rating: 3.6 Stars28186273.jpg

Short summary: A cute fly through that’ll give you a window on what it really means to be the rebound guy.

I really liked Henry as a character. I thought he was sweet, and the kind of high school boy that you root for – you know, the nice guy who has a bit of nerd in him, a little clueless on how to do the romance thing right but certainly tries. His passion and adoration for Grace develops beautifully throughout the novel.

Grace was an interesting character to put in contrast with Henry. She was your typical flighty girl who makes herself unattainable for whatever reason (and Grace certainly has her reasons). The two characters do have chemistry, but as the story unfolds, and you begin to understand Grace’s character better, it she becomes even more of an enigma. I liked the strong confident version of Grace that we meet in the beginning of the story, and I wished that she had a bit more of that towards the end.

The ending got a little bit silly and over the top. I enjoy seeing characters come together when the stakes are raised, but when the odds feel so insurmountable, believability is an issue.

Recommendation: If you’re looking for a quick read on the realistic fiction front with characters who are a little bit damaged, its an alright pick. Its a more mature read as there is some mention of sex.

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About K2Harvey

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