This time last week I was at Queen’s Park Books for Krystal Sutherland’s Our Chemical Hearts tour courtesy of a book club friend at QPB! OCH is Krystal’s debut novel and it sounds fabulous…
A quick summary of Our Chemical Hearts from Goodreads: 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 pictures 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…
Katie Webber chaired the event asking some brilliant questions like the inspiration behind Our Chemical Hearts. Interestingly enough, this led to them talking about the science behind love and heartbreak and how apparently it is scientifically proven that a break up affects the brain the same way as a root canal – now no one can accuse you of being melodramatic when dealing with heartbreak *smug face*
Krystal had a Cinderella-esque journey with Our Chemical Hearts, getting an agent 12 hours after submitting her manuscript and found out her book had a publisher when she had just started her first shift at The Body Shop. She got a phone call telling her the good news and spent the rest of the day selling bath bombs and rubbing moisturiser on strangers’ hands (anti-climax much?!) And this was all without any prior experience or contacts within the publishing industry so it is possible!
She and Katie are good friends which made the event feel more like we were just eavesdropping on a brilliant conversation – and it was writing that brought them together. They decided to become writing sprint partners – something they highly recommend to budding writers because it helps you to get used to receiving critique early on. Another tip is to FINISH WHAT YOU’RE WORKING ON much as you might want to cheat on it with a ‘slutty’ new idea (brilliant analogy!).
Krystal finished off by sharing some awesome news: Our Chemical Hearts has been optioned for a movie and is scheduled to begin filming next year!! Her next project is also in the works, called A Semi-definitive List of Fifty Worst Fears (think that’s accurate – Krystal did admit the title is incredibly long!) And on that note, Katie’s debut, Wing Jones, already receiving rave reviews, is out in January 2017 so also keep an eye out for that!
Hot Key Books gave away some great goodie bags with a cover themed shade of Barry M nail polish and a handmade bracelet from Hodge Podge. I also got a signed copy of the book – itching to start reading it soon! Have you read Our Chemical Hearts? What did you think of it? I’d love to know what you thought so drop me a comment below. 🙂