Tuesday, November 29, 2016
My Heart and Other Black Holes Review
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 book is for sure not for the light hearted. It deals with topics that are not seen in most YA books like suicide and depression. In some ways it would be better to see more of these topics shown in books in the future.
Aysel was such a wonderful character, and I really liked how she manage to put herself to a place where she can move to a part in her life where she feels better about herself. I liked how she really wasn't in that good of a place at the beginning of the story, and with understanding and communicating with her love ones, really found out life ways worth living.
Roman was such a sweet, put down character who only wanted a way to be free from the pain of after he lost his sister. I liked how much he developed throughout the story while learning why he should continue on living, no matter how much he wishes he wasn't.
4 out of 5 stars