My Heart And Other Black Holes by Jasmine WargaMy Heart And Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

My Heart And Other Black Holes

byJasmine Warga

Hardcover | February 10, 2015

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A stunning novel about the transformative power of love, perfect for fans of 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher.

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—Roman, a teenage boy 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.

Jasmine Warga grew up outside of Cincinnati, Ohio. Before becoming a full-time writer, she briefly worked as a science teacher. This is her first novel.
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Title:My Heart And Other Black HolesFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:320 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.05 inShipping dimensions:8.25 × 5.5 × 1.05 inPublished:February 10, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062324675

ISBN - 13:9780062324672

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Such an amazing book, I loved it!
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thought-provoking At first, I was intrigued..Here is Aysel who is obsessed with trying to find someone she can partner with so she can finally be free and commit suicide. The feelings she goes through are very similar to someone who is depressed, but what I didn't really understand was WHY. It felt like such a flimsy reason to me. The fact that she is deathly scared that she could have the genes that her own father has that could make her go out of control? It didn't really fit for me. Roman's reason is completely understandable. What happened to him was just so sad. I kind of wanted the story to be from his point of view instead. It would have been a black hole of sadness though. [su_quote]I bet if you cut open my stomach, the black slug of depression would slide out. Guidance counselors always love to say, “Just think positively,” but that's impossible when you have this thing inside you, strangling every ounce of happiness you can muster. My body is an efficient happy-thought-killing machine.[/su_quote] There's always the people who say to just snap out of it. Stop being sad and just get on with your life. Both Aysel and Roman encounter this and I could relate to these characters in that way. Depression is something that I am still going through and to see characters in books go through what I go through on a daily basis, can be quite daunting. Knowing you're not alone helps. And the hope that Aysel realizes in the end made me tear. She says something to Roman that was so beautiful and thought-provoking, it felt like she was telling it to me. It isn't easy to place yourself in their shoes, but I believe Jasmine did a good job. A really great job actually, because it got this book nerd to look at her own life as well. That's something that the greatest books do. Relate to your own life and remind you about the beauty of life. Pick this one if you like tough topics, and a little bit of romance though that's not the main story-line (thank god). I find other books completely romanticize the state of depression or any other mental illness, but this one didn't.
Date published: 2015-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An amazing debut! When I first heard about My Heart and Other Black Holes, I knew I had to read it. While it isn’t the usual fluffy book that I enjoy, I definitely wanted to pick this one up because I’m always on the look out for a great and thought-provoking book. And wow, am I glad that I decided to request this one. My Heart and Other Black Holes was such a great and powerful book. Phsyics geek Aysel has been plotting her death, ever since her father messed up her life. When she discovers a website that gives people a chance to get suicide partners, she becomes the suicide partner of FrozenRobot (a.k.a. Roman). But as Aysel and Roman grow closer, Aysel starts to doubt her choice, and is hoping to make Roman doubt himself too. I honestly loved Aysel, and her personality was definitely well-developed throughout the book. I loved seeing her develop, and grow as both a character and a person in the book. Roman, the other main character/love interest, was also just amazing to read about and my heart pains a little thinking about his reasons to seek a suicide partner. I could definitely relate to some of the important aspects of the book, and this book really made me think about some of my own personal thoughts and opinions about depression and suicide. The plot, while somewhat predictable, was excellently written and just amazing. The plot wasn’t too complex, as this was mostly a character-driven novel, but some parts definitely made me tear up, gasp and yell way too loudly. I also have some reservations about the romance, as the ending had an insta-lovey feel to it, but I think it definitely worked for the characters and suited the book overall. Overall, I think My Heart and Other Black Holes was such a great and powerful book, and I definitely shed many tears reading it. I really liked it and I highly recommend it to people looking for a powerful read about depression and suicide.
Date published: 2015-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing! Aysel is obsessed with plotting her own death. Her mother can barely look at her, her classmates don’t talk to her, her father is in jail for a crime that shook the town. But Aysel knows she’ll never have the courage to go through with her plan alone. She discovers a website with a Suicide Partners section and it seems like the perfect solution. She finds Roman, another teenager who’s haunted by a family tragedy and who’s looking for a partner. It seems perfect. But as the day they agreed upon creeps closer, Aysel is starting to have doubts even as Roman’s resolve has never faltered. This book shook me as I was reading it. The descriptions of depression, of guilt, of hopelessness, all of it was so hard to read but also very realistic. Knowing that the book was about two teens with a suicide pact, I expected it to be emotional and devastating but I was surprised that the scenes that got to me the most were the happier ones, especially the ones where Aysel didn’t want to ruin things for the others with her depression. Aysel was such a fantastic character. Definitely one of my favourites. It was impossible not to feel for her. She had so much potential in her, she could be funny and sarcastic, she was smart, she had a love of physics that had even me smiling at the references. This was a girl who could do great things with her life if given the chance but she saw no future for herself. It was sad but also very real. I also felt a connection to Roman, especially after learning the events of his family tragedy. It was something I could picture easily happening to any family and I could understand the guilt he was carrying around. There was something very touching and beautiful but so sad about these two characters, who would be so perfect together, only finding each other because they wanted to end their lives, and the way that they saw each other. When Aysel started to question herself and have doubts, I found myself holding my breath. I wanted a happy ending for these two so badly but I was preparing myself for a heartbreak. The heavy subject matter was handled very sensitively, which was nice to see. The descriptions of how Aysel felt, her struggles with depression, they were so hard to read because they were realistic. There was no sugarcoating the emotions. I felt like this would be a good book to read in high school as there were so many topics one could choose from to write essays, but also just in general because there’s such a stigma associated with mental illness. I ended up reading this book in a day because I just couldn’t stop reading. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2015-01-09

Editorial Reviews

"Warga delves honestly into the very difficult issues of teenage depression.sometimes sad, sometimes funny, but ultimately filled with hope."