My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
Publisher: Balzer + Bray, February 2015
Rating: 5/5 stars
Synopsis: 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.
This is a sad book since it includes topics like suicide and depression. I didn’t feel particularly sad reading the book, but I feel that it could be unnerving for some people who have experienced depression or are extremely sad.
Based on how Aysel, the main character, describes Roman, I think he shouldn’t have wanted to commit suicide. Roman can draw and play basketball very well. These are qualities I’d want. On top of that, he’s handsome, tall, and popular.
I give this book 5/5 stars since the whole book was enjoyable. The ending could’ve been better though. There could’ve been more details.