Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I liked this story a lot, but it totally gutted me.
This book is about the fallout that occurs when love finds you at the wrong point in your life, and you aren't able to handle or accept it (due to grief and guilt in this case). If you've ever been on either side of a situation like that (or perhaps both at different points in your life), then I think you'll find something to relate to.
Even if you haven't, there are a lot of good comments about love and relationships here that aren't commonly heard opinions in YA, especially in the contemporary genre. Also, the characters have fresh voices, and I particularly adore the side characters.
(view spoiler)[It's very realistic and doesn't follow a formula, so if you need a certain outcome, or an HEA, to be satisfied with a story, then this probably isn't for you. A lot of the obstacles in this story are overcome in the same way real life is resolved...by not actually working out at all, and the characters have to pick up and continue on their own paths, despite all that. (hide spoiler)]