Our Chemical Hearts (Hardcover)

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First love isn’t always easy, especially in Henry’s case. He’s fallen for a girl who is still in love with her dead boyfriend. A haunting story about how people are broken and we can’t always fix them to be the way that we want. Henry endures the journey of trying to understand Grace Town who has shut herself away from who she used to be so that she can mourn her dead boyfriend. This book is a real take as to how we can’t decide who we fall in love with and how a short romance can have as much significance as one lasting a lifetime. With sentences that make you muse about the essence of the universe and how we exist within it, this book is a must read for all of those in love with love stories and those in love with the truth.

— Zoe, TC Teen Advisory Board member

Our Chemical Hearts is about Henry Page, a senior in high school, and his real first love. This book takes you with Henry as he goes through the ups and downs of love. It was a captivating novel with bits of mystery and humor and I couldn't put it down. I fell in love with the characters and wish that it didn't have to end.

— Darbi, TC Teen Advisory Board member

Our Chemical Hearts is a book that any John Green fan will adore and a beautiful story for anyone.

— Abigail, TC Teen Advisory Board member

Sutherland weaves an intoxicating tale of falling in love for the first time. This warm, witty story will take you headlong into the tumultuous world of first love and unconditional friendship. Expect turbulence.

— Sam, Tattered Cover

In Our Chemical Hearts there is a lot of romance and finding oneself. Sutherland makes an amazing debut and really connects to typical teen life. I'm hoping she writse more books for young adults: she has mesmerized her audience. A truly stunning masterpiece.

— Rachel, Tattered Cover Teen Advisory Board member


John Green meets Rainbow Rowellin this irresistible story of first love, broken hearts, and the golden seams that put them back together again.
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-decentcollege 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. Krystal Sutherland's brilliant debut is equal parts wit and heartbreak, a potent reminder of the bittersweet bliss that is first love.

About the Author

Krystal Sutherland was born and raised in Townsville, Australia, a place that has never experienced winter. Since then she's lived in Sydney, where she edited her university's student magazine; Amsterdam, where she worked as a foreign correspondent; and Hong Kong. She has no pets and no children, but is fond of naming inanimate objects: in the Netherlands she owned a Dutch bicycle called Kim Kardashian, and a small, inflatable velociraptor called Herbert. Our Chemical Hearts is her debut novel.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780399546563
ISBN-10: 0399546561
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 4th, 2016
Pages: 320
Language: English