Wednesday, 3 December 2014

My Heart & Other Black Holes

Written by: Jasmine Warga
Published by: Hodder and Stoughton
Pages: 320
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Aysel and Roman are practically strangers, but they've been drawn into an unthinkable partnership. In a month's time they plan to commit suicide - together.

Aysel knows why she wants to die: being the daughter of a murderer doesn't equal normal, well-adjusted teenager. But she can't figure out why handsome, popular Roman wants to end it all...and why he's even more determined than she it.

With the deadline getting closer, something starts to grow between Aysel and Roman - a feeling she never thought she would experience. It seems there might be something to live for, after all - but is Aysel in so deep she can't turn back?

My Rating: 5/5

I don't even know where to start with this book. Its just very hard to try to find a way to summerise how good this book is into one review. My Heart & Other Black Holes is the debut novel from Jasmine Warga that pulls on your heart stings and leaves you with a sense of hope in a normally gloomy world. But not only does it immerse you in a world where even a small light of hope is found swirled in the darkness it also gives you a deeper understanding of depression and the effect it can have. It was simply brilliant, so brilliant that I read this book in one sitting all through the night because I just couldn't stop reading it. 

Aysel and Roman were totally and completely loveable and yet they felt 'broken' so there was always that edge to them, the idea that they were imperfect. The energy that surrounded them was always so compelling and their stories were always heartbreaking but you never felt that they were as lost as they seemed because there was always that sense of hope for the better that underlined everything. It made the book a simply stunning read that stays with you long after.

My Heart & Other Black Holes is a deep and heart rendering story that not only keeps you thoroughly gripped but also teaches you about depression and helps eliminate the stigma that comes with it. Yet it doesn't burden you with the idea but instead parries it with humor and love that mixes in with the darkness to help create a shining light for those who need it. It was an unequivocally brilliant read that I would recommend to anyone. 

My Heart and Other Black Holes