Our Chemical Hearts

Our Chemical Hearts

Book - 2016
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"When high school senior Henry Page meets Grace Town, he finally experiences the ups and downs of first love"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY :, G.P. Putnam's Sons,, [2016]
ISBN: 9780399546570
9780399546563
0399546561
Characteristics: 313 pages ; 22 cm

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jmli
Aug 15, 2017

3.5-3.75 Stars

I'm not really sure how to rate this book. I admit, I liked it, but I can't really tell how much I liked it.

Our Chemical Hearts combines the two worst possible addends: love and grief. I found the love ugly, but by ugly, I don't mean it in a negative way. The relationship between our two main characters is incredibly moving and heart-wrenching. I just couldn't ignore it, despite the fact that some of Henry's thoughts were rather disquieting.

Romance is difficult to write well. There are so many emotions to be captured, but at the same time, you don't want to spend too much time on contemplation.

There are several portions that make you think. A lot. It's pretty deep and metaphorical at times, and I was a total fan of that. BUT sometimes it becomes over-the-top and kinda desperate.

There is a perfect blend of humor in the story too, mainly involving Henry's friends and family.

I liked the fact that the school life in Our Chemical Hearts isn't too cliché. There aren't cliques, and everyone talks to everyone.

Something I'd potentially complain about is the number of references. There's an overload of them, and it made things difficult to keep up with at times. There's a political one, and I just didn't feel like it needed to be there.

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SuzzieTN
Jul 25, 2017

One of the most beautiful books I've ever read.

AL_KELSEY Jul 13, 2017

For fans of complicated romance, this book is definitely for you. These two teens just want to work it out, but when you're carrying around a lot of baggage, it's difficult. You're left wondering if they are really even meant for one another after all. It's a roller coaster of emotion, and an inside look at how a teen might deal with grief after losing a loved one.

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adachuen
Jun 03, 2017

One of my forever favourite books

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Sansha
Dec 08, 2016

Young adult novel. Bittersweet. Unrequited love. I really enjoyed the characters, very believeable. Humour and sadness. A good read

DCLAmyP Dec 08, 2016

Beautifully written coming of age story. A bit sad, as comings of age usually are.

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jmli
Aug 15, 2017

Sexual Content: Sex scenes, making out, kissing.

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jmli
Aug 15, 2017

Coarse Language: Swears

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jmli
Aug 15, 2017

jmli thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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jmli
Aug 15, 2017

A high school story about first love between two passionate editors—a lonely boy and a mysterious new girl.

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jmli
Aug 15, 2017

"Why is it that we're so willing to hurt the ones we care about the most?"

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