Book Report: My Heart and other black holes By Jasmine Warga
My heart and other black holes
My heart and other black holes.
I bought this book in the world book fair, 2018, New Delhi.
I have been meaning to read this book since the day I have known about book-tube, everyone was just on and on it and it doesn’t end there, the cover is beautiful too. Hence, naturally– I WANTED TO READ IT HARD.
The idea of suicidal partners intrigues me since the time Anjaana Anjaani came out. I LOVE THAT FILM- I don’t care what others think of it, it was a good film, it made me laugh and gave me all the feels.
From all this I am sure you would have gathered, I had high expectations from the book. I have high expectation from almost all the books I read.
This book surprised me in the ways I didn’t expect– It was deeper than just some contemporary romance novel, of course, I knew it is about mental health issues and will be dealing with intense topics but the way it has been put down for a layman to understand- It was melancholically beautiful?
I am not sure if that’s even right to describe it that way, hence the question mark.
“What people never understand is that depression isn’t about the outside; it’s about the inside. Something inside me is wrong. Sure, there are things in my life that make me feel alone, but nothing makes me feel more isolated and terrified than my own voice in my head.”
Before further ado, getting into what the book, My heart and other black holes, is about?
What is My heart and other black holes about?
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—Roman, a teenage boy 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.
My review of My heart and other black holes.
“And this time, I can feel my hand. I can feel everything. And I want to keep feeling everything. Even the painful, awful, terrible things. Because feeling things is what lets us know that we’re alive.
And I want to be alive.”
I am obviously impressed by this book, as you can see, with all me praising it and other stuff.
There are certain things I like in a book, These things make and break the book for me.
- How the book interacts with you
- How the characters speak to you
- The storyline
- The way the story is been told
- How long the book hold your attention span before I decide to put my book down and how long before I pick it back up to read it.
This book offered it all to me pretty well. I wanted to come back from work and start reading it, I also almost did not put the book down until and unless life wanted me to give it attention because life can sometimes be flamboyant for no reason. xD
The book had some problems– which I will list down below for you to go through but before that, let me list down the reasons why you should read the book.
What did I like about My heart and other black holes?
- It doesn’t give you false hopes of oh you find love in your life and depression is cured. uh-huh no. The characters are real and honest and they will take you through how they feel and how difficult it is, it isn’t just romantic love which will cure everything for you and I really really admire that part of the book.
- It was great to see Aysel and Roman help each other in other ways. I enjoyed that they constantly questioned each other, teased each other. This made the book light and easy to read.
- It’s not just their teasing but Aysel’s dark humour. Believe it or not, I was laughing out loud in the middle of the night because of her sarcasm. Oh darn, I relate to her so much at times.
- I also thought the way Aysel articulated how she felt was incredibly powerful, which is what made the character to be more realistic. It wasn’t just what you are feeling and why you are feeling, you are just able to put the other person in your shoes and make them feel certain things or explain it to them.
- The storyline of the novel is very well balanced. You will follow Aysel and Roman over a couple of weeks, and their relationship is growing very naturally. Not forced, not cheesy, but in a good way. It isn’t where you just feel the characters are meant to be forced into it like there is no chemistry at all. It was very natural for both the characters to feel the way they did.
- The storyline is easy to get in.
- Cute supporting characters and I mean this in all fairness. The parents in this book are supportive and sweet and abusive like in many books, which makes you think even deeper.
What do I want TO KNOW MORE about or should have changed in My heart and other black holes?
“Life can seem awful and unfixable until the universe shifts a little and the observation point is altered, and then suddenly, everything seems more bearable.”
Everything was perfect in the book but something made me go from happy to WHAT THE FUCK?
- Aysel’s dad’s situation– Umm what happened to him in the end? I wanted to know more about him, understand his character, understand their relationship.
- Aysel’s mom and his dad– I wanted them to speak once or a conversation– Aysel’s mom with Aysel, something for closure?
- I would have liked some introduction of Roman’s sister from Roman’s mother, I wanted to connect with her.
- Also, The pace is everything you want and more. You get details, but not too much. You get action, but not too much. So the problem with the book is you get everything but not too much and at times you really want that. But anyway, the book will still speak to you and you will definitely enjoy it.
And yeah that is all…
Let me know if you have read this one?
Is there anything you would like to recommend?
Also, have you seen Anjaana Anjaani? If not- WATCH IT. Attaching the trailer below for you.
Rating: 4/5 stars
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