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My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
  

My Heart and Other Black Holes

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Provocative, insightful and stimulating, this is a surprisingly simple yet captivating story featuring a deep and harrowing subject that is often avoided. It initially feels as though a story about suicide shouldn't work, yet it emphatically does and on so many different levels. Aysel and Roman are authentically real, you feel their connection, their fear, their seclusion; they could easily be your children, or your siblings, or friends. The author skilfully introduces the suicide pact and it prowls in the background as you grow to love Ansel’s sharp wit and Roman’s kindness. Leading you on a path towards the unknown, this is thought provoking, sharp yet subtle and a strangely beautiful read.

A message from the author...

'As I state in the Author’s Note in the back of My Heart and Other Black Holes, I began to write the book in January 2013, a few days after the death of one of my very closest friends. I found myself in a place of deep grief and working almost compulsively on the manuscript was one of the ways in which I dealt with those feelings. Click here to read more.

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Kristy West - 'I remain convinced that some of the best writing in the world at the moment is coming from YA fiction and this is no exception. This is a 5 star read and I can’t wait for more!' Read full review >
  • Jenny Duffy - 'Jasmine Warga’s debut novel is an emotional and powerful read...This is one of the most moving books I have ever read, a new favourite.' Read full review >
  • Linda Hill - 'highly skilful and a book that touches the reader's emotions on many levels. I can't recommend it highly enough, it’s a young adult book that is relevant to readers of any age.' Read full review >
  • Sally Doel - 'This is an amazing book - a heart-breaking book, but also a book that uplifts at the same time...I'm not one to cry easily, but this book had me sobbing in places.' Read full review >
  • Jade Craddock - 'This is a first love, coming of age, teen angst story unlike any other...a poignant, memorable and brave novel with a climactic ending.' Read full review >
  • Roberta Killip - 'A serious and sensitive, yet hopeful portrayal of teen depression, beautifully written. Deep, moving and romantic all at once...A good book to read as a group and discuss. Very interesting.' Read full review >
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'How on earth to summarise in just a few words the wonder of this book.  A deeply profound and troubling reflection on how two young people unite to escape their troubled lives. Absolutely brilliant.'  Read full review >
  • Alex Hetherington - '...to ask the big questions and do so with such amazing characters on a journey is a testament to the author and what can come of all the black holes and hearts in this world.' Read full review >
  • Emma Halford - 'An unusual, moving story with no easy answers. I loved the subtlety of Warga’s writing and the contrast between how Aysel thought others perceived her and how they really thought.'  Read full review >
  • Stacie - 'If you think this is just your average teenage suicide story then think again. Jasmine Warga's compelling debut novel is guaranteed to have you laughing, close to tears and feeling glorious.'  Read full review >
  • Bethany Dimmock - 'I loved this book; once I’d started reading, I couldn’t stop...This is an outstanding debut novel. Warga has an exceptional talent for raw and real storytelling, and I hope there is more to come.' Read full review >
  • Eloise Glynn - 'I can't quite put into words how much I loved this book. You wouldn't expect a book about teenage suicide to be so uplifting and hopeful, but it is, just as much as it is heart-breaking. A must read.'  Read full review >
  • Victoria Halliday - 'Enjoyable young adult novel about teenagers dealing with grief...With this subject matter, this had the potential to be a hard read. It was, however, a pleasure. Looking forward to reading this author's future work.' Read full review >
  • Seeta Maharaj - 'a heart-felt love story between two young adults...It is an amazing work because it highlights the emotional intensity that young people go through during their ‘rites of passage’.' Read full review >
  • Suzanne Beney - 'The theme of depression and suicide is not one that you'd automatically think of as being upbeat and enthralling, but this book was just that.' Read full review >
  • Debbie - 'Pure emotion. A heart wrenching, tear jerking, rollercoaster of emotion that had me gripping the pages and wanting more.'   Read full review >

Synopsis

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

I'm getting higher and higher and I feel the swing set creak. 'Be careful,' he says. 'Why?' I'm not thinking about being careful. I'm thinking about one last push, of letting go, of flying, and of falling. 'You aren't allowed to die without me,' he whispers. 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 is. 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?

Reviews

'A striking new voice in YA fiction'
Nova Ren Suma, author of Imaginary Girls

'Kinetic and beautiful and unexpectedly life-affirming'
Chris Lynch, author of Inexcusable

'Earnest and heartfelt ... any teen who's ever felt like an outsider will be able to relate to Aysel's and Roman's fully realized characters'
Kirkus Reviews

'A stunning and haunting depiction of depression - you really feel Aysel's numbness. I had to take 'emotional recovery' breaks while reading it. My Heart And Other Black Holes handles the sensitive topic of suicide expertly, with absolutely no patronizing or glamorization. And yet, the book leaves you with such a warm feeling of hope. It 's a remarkable achievement'
Holly Bourne, author of Soulmates

'Powerful...sucked me right in'
The Book Bag

'This book proved hard to put down - both characters had my heart aching for them'
Book Club Forum

About the Author

Jasmine Warga

Jasmine Warga lives in Mariemont, Ohio with her husband, Greg, a cat named Salvador Dali, and a puppy named Scout. She was born and raised just outside of Cincinnati, and spent her days making up stories, listening to emotive music, staring up at the night sky, and reading. She graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in History and Art History, and went on to teach 6th grade science at a school in Houston, Texas. In June 2013, she received a Master's in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Lesley University. My Heart and Other Black Holes is her first novel.

Author photo © Ashley Sillies

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Book Info

Publication date

12th February 2015

Author

Jasmine Warga

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Publisher

Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Format

Paperback
320 pages

Categories

Relationship Stories
NewGen - YA Fiction
Family Drama
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General fiction (Children's / Teenage)
Personal & social issues: death & bereavement (Children's / Teenage)

ISBN

9781444791532

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