November 19, 2015

Review ~ My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga


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.

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I am sorely disappointed at how this book turned out in the end. It started really well, but then it escalated quickly.

The premise was really promising. My Heart and Other Black Holes is a story supposedly about depression and suicide. I say supposedly because the story got lost somewhere along the way. Sure, the suicide bit was firmly in the plot, but the depression bit, which was the whole reason behind the desire for suicide, went up in smoke, and romance materialized in its place. I never thought I would dislike romance in a story, but I did in this book because it was the primary reason why the story went in shambles.

The romance part ruined some of the important things in this book: Aysel’s recovery from depression, making amends with her family, and finally understanding her father. These all became loose ends in the end because Aysel suddenly fell in love and all she could think about was saving Roman from his depression, too. That’s just a no-no for me. I know they say love conquers all, but not just like that. I’m really sad about how love is portrayed in this book.

I don't recommend this book to people who are expecting a justified recovery from depression.

~ Zee

Sorry, folks. This book is just not for me.


  1. Love does not conquer all in the case of depression, so thanks for the heads up. I've been battling it for 4 years, mostly anxiety, and everyday is a Godsend that I am still here. Not something I like to share but it is what it is. People need to understand depression better, and glossing over it is a big no no for me. Thanks for your honest review!

    1. I think depression was explained well at first, but it's the recovery of the heroine I'm having trouble with. All of a sudden she was full of hope and confidence just because she fell in love. I mean, really? Just--no. Her recovery wasn't justified at all.

      Thank you for dropping by and reading my review, Lekeisha!

      ~ Zee