I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
on February 10, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Sixteen-year-old physics nerd Aysel is obsessed with plotting her own death. With a mother who can barely look at her without wincing, classmates who whisper behind her back, and a father whose violent crime rocked her small town, Aysel is ready to turn her potential energy into nothingness.
There’s only one problem: she’s not sure she has the courage to do it alone. But once she discovers a website with a section called Suicide Partners, Aysel’s convinced she’s found her solution: a teen boy with the username FrozenRobot (aka Roman) who’s haunted by a family tragedy is looking for a partner.
Even though Aysel and Roman have nothing in common, they slowly start to fill in each other’s broken lives. But as their suicide pact becomes more concrete, Aysel begins to question whether she really wants to go through with it. Ultimately, she must choose between wanting to die or trying to convince Roman to live so they can discover the potential of their energy together. Except that Roman may not be so easy to convince.
My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga was one of those books that I wanted to read the instant I heard about. It just sounded like something I’d love. Maybe that combined with great early reviews made my expectations too high, because I just didn’t love the book the way I wanted to.
I really have some readers guilt with this one. I seem to be the only person that didn’t think it was absolutely incredible. I think my biggest issue is that I never really felt a big connection to Aysel and Roman. I didn’t dislike them…I just didn’t have a lot of feelings for them. Roman’s story was heartbreaking, but I feel like Aysel’s life wasn’t really as bad as she thought. I know her eyes were clouded with depression, but it was frustrating to me that she didn’t see these things right in front of her. Maybe I have trouble with books where the main characters are contemplating suicide. I have in the past, so maybe it’s an issue for me and not really the book’s fault.
Despite all that I still found My Heart and Other Black Holes to be a compelling read. I had to know how Aysel and Roman’s lives turned out (or didn’t). That kept me turning pages. It’s also a pretty fast read.
So, while it wasn’t my favorite book, it was an interesting one. I’ll certainly read future books my Jasmine Warga.