What a debut novel from Krystal Sutherland! Funny, intriguing and bittersweet!
Henry Page is your non-stereotypical lead male in this story. There are no jocks, football stars or Bradley Cooper-esque teenagers here. Just normal, relatable kids. Henry is 17, nerdy, not much to look at, struggles to get his thoughts across in a verbal and succinct manner and prefers to write his thoughts down. He’s a hopeless romantic and dreams of that ‘movie moment’ where he has a love at first sight scenario..and he kinda does with Grace Town. Only she is not an ordinary teenager, she walks with a cane, dresses in men’s clothes and looks like an ex junkie! Yet he’s intrigued by her and whatever secrets she is hiding.
The characters within this story are pure brilliance! Henry’s best friends, Lola and Murrey, his parents and his sister…their conversations are hilarious. The book is written mostly in a conversational style and I must have spent a huge part of it with a twisted grin on my face as I just found the dialogue so amusing! It paints a more realistic view of teenage love, as opposed to all hearts and flowers and fairy tale endings in ways we can all relate too.
I loved the title, I loved the cover (that’s what got my attention in the first place, not going to lie!) It reminds me of a John Green style type of book and to think that this is Krystal’s very first novel is so exciting, it means there’s so much more to come from her! This is a definite must have book for 2016!