My Heart and Other Black Holes – book review

My Heart and Other Black Holes

My Heart and Other Black Holes is a poignant and eloquent book, written by Jasmine Warga.

Sixteen-year-old Aysel is obsessed with plotting her own death. With a mother than can barely look at her, classmates who whisper about her behind her back and a father whose violent crime rocked her small town, Aysel is ready to put an end to it all. There’s only one problem – she’s not sure she has the courage to do it alone. But when she discovers a website that allows her to find a ‘suicide partner’, she’s convinced she has found her solution: a teen boy with the username FrozenRobot (aka Roman) who is haunted by a family tragedy and is looking for a partner.

Although Aysel and Roman have nothing in common, they slowly start to fill in the holes in each other’s broken lives. But as their suicide pact becomes more concrete, Aysel starts to question whether she really wants to go through with it. Is it too late to try to convince both herself and Roman that there is still light to be found within the seemingly perpetual darkness?Read More »