Henry Page has never been in love— at least, not until Grace Town walks into his classroom. What with her baggy boys’ clothes, walking cane, and obvious chip on her shoulder, she’s not your typical romantic heroine, but none of that matters as the two begin what quickly reveals itself to be a doomed relationship. Henry can’t help trying to “fix” Grace as he learns more about her complicated past and present, but he’s about to learn that there are some things even love can’t cure. Told with plenty of humor and refreshingly contemporary dialogue, Krystal Sutherland’s heartbreakingly smart debut Our Chemical Hearts (Putnam, $17.99) teaches readers the difficult lesson that sometimes, loving means letting go. Ages 14-18.
Our Chemical Hearts - Krystal Sutherland