Review: Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

4/5 stars

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 skip a class: “My teenage hormones have rendered me too emotionally fragile to be in a learning environment right now.” Lol!

Of course I don’t necessarily agree with the “chemical hearts” theory and that love can easily be explained by Science, but I could easily imagine creating these characters myself. I could practically imagine myself giving these characters their lines, their inner conflicts, their actions. Suffice it to say that I loved the writing and I felt very connected not only to the characters but to the entire story as well.

It’s so easy liking a story especially when told by a geeky but definitely not unattractive young man who for the first time in his life has fallen in love. It’s both sweet and heartbreaking and even though the main premise is quite very angsty and very, very sad (minor waterworks involved), it was written in a smart, funny and relatable way.

“We must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy, Grace. Reading Harry Potter is what is right.” 

I wasn’t a bit irritated because of its relevance and because half of the time, I’m cracking up over the quirks of the characters. This has been a very impressive debut novel, an important read and I’m certainly looking forward to reading the next books the author writes.

Published by AJ

Hi! I'm Aj from the Philippines. Obviously I love to read and write and from years of experience I have learned that when you love something so much, you would do it absolutely for free so here I am writing stuff for all people to see in the hopes that at least one or maybe two souls could benefit or get little inspiration from what they will read from this blog. Enjoy and spread the love! ;)

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