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Christian College Geelong Senior Library: Lovers of literature

Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

Our Chemical Hearts 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.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.

 

 

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ABOUT KRYSTAL SUTHERLAND

Credit: Lisa Fahey Photography

Hello. It’s me.

I am Krystal Sutherland, writer of books. Or, more specifically, I am the writer of one book, Our Chemical Hearts, which is being published in October 2016 by Penguin in the US and ANZ, and Hot Key in the UK.

I was born and raised in Townsville, in the far north of Australia. Since moving to Sydney in 2011, I’ve also lived in Amsterdam, which was awesome but cold, and Hong Kong, (though I speak neither Dutch nor Cantonese).

Growing up, I never dreamed of being a writer. I wanted to be a) a florist, then b) a volcanologist, then c) an actress. It wasn’t until shortly after my 18th birthday that I sat down to write my first (terrible) novel.

Our Chemical Hearts, thankfully, is slightly better than that hot mess. Nonetheless, I am notoriously bad at explaining what it’s about, except to say that it involves the terribly tragic and awful experience of falling in love for the first time.

I have no pets and no children, but in Amsterdam I owned a bicycle called Kim Kardashian. It was somewhat difficult to get along with. I was fond of it regardless.

 

 

October 27, 2016 Posted by | Relationships, Romance | | Leave a comment

Me Before You by Jojo Moyles

Get in quick and read the book before the movie is released. The book is sure tug at the heart strings of every reader. It’s been described a “heart stopping read” and “utterly compelling”


Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.
Review by Good Reads, retrieved April 18th, 2016. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15507958-me-before-you.

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April 18, 2016 Posted by | Chick Lit, Relationships, Romance | | Leave a comment

The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks

Nicholas Sparks needs know introduction as the best selling author of many romantic novels that have been made into major movies. ‘The Longest Ride’ is his latest book.

“He believed that most people, when given the choice, would do what was right, even when it was hard, and he believed that good almost always triumphed over evil”

Ira Levinson is in trouble.  At ninety-one years old, in poor health and alone in the world, he finds himself stranded on an isolated embankment after a car crash.   Suffering multiple injuries, he struggles to retain consciousness until a blurry image materializes and comes into focus beside him:  his beloved wife Ruth, who passed away nine years ago.  Urging him to hang on, she forces him to remain alert by recounting the stories of their lifetime together – how they met, the precious paintings they collected together, the dark days of WWII and its effect on them and their families.  Ira knows that Ruth can’t possibly be in the car with him, but he clings to her words and his memories, reliving the sorrows and everyday joys that defined their marriage.

A few miles away, at a local bull-riding event, a Wake Forest College senior’s life is about to change.  Recovering from a recent break-up, Sophia Danko meets a young cowboy named Luke, 

who bears little resemblance to the privileged frat boys she has encountered at school.  Through Luke, Sophia is introduced to a world in which the stakes of survival and success, ruin and reward — even life and death – loom large in everyday life.  As she and Luke fall in love, Sophia finds herself imagining a future far removed from her plans —  a future that Luke has the power to rewrite . . . if the secret he’s keeping doesn’t destroy it first.

Ira and Ruth.  Sophia and Luke. Two couples who have little in common, and who are separated by years and experience. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.

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March 20, 2015 Posted by | Film tie in, Romance | | Leave a comment

Let it snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle

Fans of John Green will love this joint novel in which three different stories  interconnect tales of love, romance, and breathtaking kisses.

An ill-timed storm on Christmas Eve buries the residents of Gracetown under multiple feet of snow and causes quite a bit of chaos. One brave soul ventures out into the storm from her stranded train and sets off a chain of events that will change quite a few lives.

What do a Christmas Eve snowstorm, 14 perky cheerleaders, a Waffle House, and a guy covered in tin foil have in common? Answer: these romantic holiday stories. Through an interconnected cast of characters set in one small Southern town, each author reveals a serendipitous night in the life of a particular teen. In Johnson’s “Jubilee Express,” level-headed Jubilee experiences a traumatic day during which her parents get arrested, her train gets stuck in the snow, and she breaks up with her boyfriend, but in the end finds a new love. Green deftly portrays the teen male perspective with humor and wit in his “Cheertastic Christmas Miracle,” which starts with an urgent quest for cheerleaders and ends with an eye-opening experience of finding true love right before one’s eyes. In Myracle’s “Patron Saint of Pigs,” while agonizing over the pain of a recent breakup, Addie learns about herself and gains respect for relationships at the same time. Tender without being mushy, these carefully crafted stories of believable teen love will leave readers warm inside for the holidays.-Madeline J. Bryant, Los Angeles Public Library

February 17, 2014 Posted by | Family/Relationships, Romance | | Leave a comment

The Fault in our Stars by John Green

For those fans of Looking for Alaska, award winning author John Green is back with another brilliant but heatbreaking story!

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs… for now.

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind

February 24, 2012 Posted by | Family/Relationships, Romance | , | Leave a comment

Water for elephants by Sara Gruen

LIFE IS THE MOST SPECTACULAR SHOW ON EARTH

An atmospheric, gritty, and compelling novel of star-crossed lovers, set in the
circus world circa 1932, by the bestselling author of Riding Lessons.

When Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto
a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, drifters, and misfits, a
second-rate circus struggling to survive during the Great Depression, making
one-night stands in town after endless town. A veterinary student who almost
earned his degree, Jacob is put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It
is there that he meets Marlena, the beautiful young star of the equestrian act,
who is married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. He also
meets Rosie, an elephant who seems untrainable until he discovers a way to reach
her.

Beautifully written, Water for Elephants is illuminated by a
wonderful sense of time and place. It tells a story of a love between two people
that overcomes incredible odds in a world in which even love is a luxury that
few can afford.   Review by Book Browse

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September 19, 2011 Posted by | Adventure, Film tie in, Past, people and places, Romance | , | Leave a comment

Black Painted Fingernails by Steven Herrick

How about we toss a coin? Heads, it’s west and a lift. Tails, it’s still west, but no lift.’

James is heading into the country on his first teacher-training round when a mysterious girl asks him for a ride. Sophie has him all worked out: ‘You live with your parents and they bought you this car, and a very nice car it is too…’ At first James can’t see past her wild hair and attitude, but then Sophie trusts him with a secret she’s been keeping too long.
Steven Herrick masterfully reveals the essence of his characters in this tough and tender story about opening up to love and living a life that’s true.

Black Painted Fingernails is a captivating novel by the author of By the River and other popular, award-winning books.

This is a story about a boy searching for freedom, and a girl returning from hers. I love Aussie fiction, road-trips, new friendships, awkward male leads and confident females, so this was already a book for me before I even opened the first page. It is a story that heavily highlights the pressure parents can put on their children rather than letting them choose the path they would like to take themselves which I think is a common issue for teenagers, and parents, alike.  Review by Jess, The Tales Compendium

August 4, 2011 Posted by | Family/Relationships | , | Leave a comment

Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls Book 2) by Maggie Stiefvater

Linger is a spellbinding love story that explores both sides of love—the light and the dark, the warm and the cold—in a way you will never forget.

In Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past . . . and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack. And Isabel, who already lost her brother to the wolves . . . and is nonetheless drawn to Cole.

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 Now can’t wait for the third and finalbook: Maggie reads a teaser from FOREVER!

 

March 24, 2011 Posted by | Fantasy, Romance | | Leave a comment

You Against Me by Jenny Downham

“The idea came froma few snatched sentences  during overhead in a park. A group of teenagers was taunting a girl because she’d had seven different boyfriends in one school term. They called her names, told her she was easy and mocked the way she was dressed. When she defended herself by accusing one of the boys of having more girlfriends in a similar time period they all laughed and said that made him a player….. I watched the girl leave the park and wondered how she felt. Would she tell anyone? Where were her friends?   Jenny Downham.

Ellie and Mikey come from very different backgrounds. When Mikey’s sister, Karyn, claims that Ellie’s brother, Tom, has assaulted her, each of these characters wants to believe their subling and do everything they can to stand by them. Then Ellie and Mikey fall in love and they know their search for the truth will tear apart their families. Together they have to decide whether to risk everything – including their future happiness.

Secondary Standing orders 2011

“This is a brave and unflinching novel from the bestselling author of Before I Die. It’s a book about loyalty and the choices that come with it. But above all it’s a book about love.”  The Little Bookroom.

 

March 3, 2011 Posted by | Family/Relationships, Romance | , | Leave a comment