Review: My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

18336965“Maybe we all have darkness inside of us and some of us are better at dealing with it than others.”

Trigger warning: This book contains content that some people may be triggered by. Please be cautious if you are sensitive towards the topic of suicide.

Sixteen-year-old physics nerd Aysel is obsessed with plotting her own death. She discovers a website with a section called Suicide Partners, where she meets a teen boy with the username FrozenRobot (aka Roman) who’s haunted by a family tragedy.

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. Except that Roman may not be so easy to convince.

Young Adult / Contemporary / 302 pages

This novel surprised me with its amazing cast of characters and its terrific writing and dialogue. It made me laugh and cry, sometimes even both at the same time.

Note that I listened to the unabridged audiobook, read by Rebecca Lowman, which is a stunning performance.

I love that book talks about depression and suicide without holding back. It is bold and confrontational, while being subtle in all the right places.

The characters are relatable and lovable. They are humans, like you and me. They are not perfect, in appearance or in personality. Aysel has low self-esteem because she is bullied in school, and she harbours a lot of guilt for what her father has done. She hates her job, and frankly she thinks everyone is better off without her. Aysel’s relationship with her family is a complicated one. She loves her mom and her sister, and yet she withdraws from them because she doesn’t think they care. Roman, who was once popular, is now a bit awkward because he spends so much time alone. His parents smother him with love, and he rather they do not. At the same time we know that he loves them too. Aysel and Roman are two characters who stayed in my head long after I finished reading this book.

Each of the supporting characters are amazing, from Aysel’s sister to her physics project partner to her mom and dad. I love that no characters are absolutely good or evil. Everyone is simply trying their best. I love how Aysel and Roman’s parents are portrayed in this book. Roman’s mom is overbearing, while Aysel’s mom holds herself at a distance. Both of them love their children to no end, like real mothers, and their love really comes through in this book. I feel that few young adult books get this just right, and this is one of them.

It is a truly a character-driven story. I love that the story unfolds so naturally. I love the chemistry between Aysel and Roman which carries the plot forward. The writing is at times witty and humorous. At times it pulls on my heartstrings and make me cry. I love the dialogue between Aysel and Roman, between Aysel and her sister, between Aysel and her mother, between Roman and her mother… I love ALL the dialogue in this story. The writing is one of the best that I’ve read.

This is one of the best audiobooks I’ve ever listened too.

The bottom line:

My Heart and Other Black Holes delves into difficult topics such as depression and suicide, with wit, humour and subtlety. I recommend this book for anyone with an interest in mental health, or for those in the mood for a well-written YA romance. This book will make you laugh and cry.


Have you read My Heart and Other Black Holes? What are your favourite books that discuss mental health?

13 responses to “Review: My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga”

  1. I thought that Highly Illogical Behavior was great, about a teenage boy with agoraphobia. There wasn’t as much romance in that one, which I liked, but I’ll still add My Heart to my to read!

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    1. I will definitely keep that one in mind. Just looked it up on goodreads and it seems like a good one 🙂

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    2. I loved ‘Highly Illogical Behavior!’ Solomon was an awesome character. 🙂


  2. Beeautiful review! I think you mentioned this book in a previous post and had me interested about it already, now I am even more eager to read it. It sounds like a great, well-written story and I LOVE YA contemporary so much. I think I could love this one ❤

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    1. Thank you! I really do hope that you will like this book when you have a chance to read it 🙂

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  3. This is a book that always catches my eye because i love that cover and the title, but the fact it’s YA has always made me be wary of picking it up. This review though… it might have twisted my arm; it sounds pretty good.

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    1. I was skeptical about this book as well but it surprised me in a positive way 🙂 I hope that you will like this book if you decide to read it!


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  8. The last review I read of this book was really negative, and you’ve gotten me re-interested in reading it. Terrific review! (P.S. I just read ‘Words on Bathroom Walls,’ which had a schizophrenic protagonist and was really good. I don’t know if I want to watch the movie though.)

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    1. It’s been a while that I read this book but so far I’ve been a big fan of everything the author wrote. Hope that you’ll like this one 🙂

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