Saturday, 2 July 2016

Our Chemical Hearts

My first book review! Okay, let's get started:
Book Info:
http://images.randomhouse.com/cover/9780399546563Henry 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 Grace Town walks into his first period class on the third Tuesday of senior year and he knows everything's about to change.

Grace isn't who Henry pictured as his dream girl; she walks with a cane, wears oversized boys' clothes, and rarely seems to shower. But when Grace and Henry are both chosen to edit the school paper, he quickly finds himself falling for her. It's obvious there's something broken about Grace, but it seems to make her even more beautiful to Henry, and he wants nothing more than to help her put the pieces back together again. And yet, this isn't your average story of boy meets girl.
 Hardcover, 256 pages
Expected publication: September 6th 2016 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers 
Source:  ARC from publisher
 
What I enjoyed:
  • The writing- everything flowed beautifully and Henry was the best kind of narrater - relatable, funny and quirky. It was a quick read and I sped through it in one sitting.
  • The characters - I loved the side characters in this novel! The cast of characters was lively and belieable, and I fell in love with them all (with one main exception) over the course of the novel.
  • The ending - believable and not as predictable as many novels in this genre. 
  • The cover *HEART EYES EMOJII*
What I wasn't so keen on:
  •  Grace - I found Grace to be manipulative at some points in the novel. I understand that she is a complicated character with some real difficulties, but she treated Henry poorly at some points, going hot and cold and confusing him greatly. This really annoyed me!
  • At some points, I felt a little like this book was imitating John Green's novels, with the normal boy chasing the messed up, complicated girl, who runs away and goes hot and cold frequently. As someone who is not a big John Green fan, this was not a good thing.
 

Rating:
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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for linking up for the Unique Format Challenge! I have this one to read. I'm sorry Grace could be quite annoying - I guess it's good going in. haha

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

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