In a nutshell (aka Goodreads description):
John Green meets Rainbow Rowell in 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-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. Krystal Sutherland’s brilliant debut is equal parts wit and heartbreak, a potent reminder of the bittersweet bliss that is first love.
My review (aka Diana’s review):
I love this book. Everything about it. The storyline, the characters, the writing style, the gorgeous cover.
I can relate so much to Henry Page. I feel like if I were a little more extroverted and wittier and funnier then I would be the female version of him. Not even kidding. Maybe that’s why I love this book so much.
Henry’s smart and cute and funny. He loves writing but when it comes to talking he can’t seem to find words to describe what he feels.
He has two best friends, Murray and Lola, both of them incredible characters and amazing friends to Henry.
His parents and his sister are so out of the stereotypical family. It seems like Henry’s parents have this perfect marriage and their relationship with their son and daughter is amazing, they’re very open and trust each other.
“I couldn’t find the words to say what I wanted to say. I was a decent enough writer, but talking? With sounds? From my mouth? That was a bitch.”
Grace is broken. She’s a complete mystery. She’s one of the saddest characters I’ve ever read. She’s so not what I expected her to be and I love it.
I feel like many people might not like her character but I love characters like her and because I feel so connected to Henry I can tell why he was so attracted to her.
I’m not going to talk a lot about her because I want y’all to read this book and discover for yourselves the mystery that is Grace Town.
Since the moment Grace and Henry meet, they become friends.
Henry soon realizes he wants more than a friendship with Grace.
After a Halloween party where Henry realizes his feelings might be reciprocated, he decides to let Grace know that he wants to have a relationship with her. So Henry writes her a PowerPoint presentation with the reasons why she should date him (Love that boy y’all. He’s hilarious!).
They then begin a relationship that they keep as a secret. Because Grace is not quite ready for anyone to know they’re together.
But eventually Henry discovers that Grace may not be the person he thought she was.
I guess sometimes you wish with all your heart that things are a certain way that you get so blinded and can no longer see the way things actually are.
Henry learns a lot throughout the book. Not only about love but even about his own family.
This book is perfect for teenagers, because it is not only about first love but it is also about growing up and it contains a important messages that you pick up though the whole story.
If you’re in need of a funny, witty, heart-wrenching Young Adult book then definitely pick this one up. You won’t regret it.
I laughed my butt off and bawled my eyes out and I loved every single second of it.
5/5 flowers ✿
If you’ve already read this book please let me know in the comments if you bawled your eyes out like I did. Please tell me I wasn’t the only one who did. I’m a crybaby.
If you haven’t then go read it right now (GO!) and then come back and let me know if you did.