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"And maybe that's why I haven't told him. Not because I'm scared that he won't want to die with me anymore, but because I'm terrified that he'll still want me to die. That he'll agree that I should die."
My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga tells a tragically beautiful story about two individuals that band together to end their lives side by side. I normally am not the hugest fan of teen suicide stories because lets be honest, it's depressing to read, but this story kind of sneaks up on you and surprises you in many ways.
Warga's writing style is nothing but beautiful. She was able to take such heavy subject matter and write it with sensitivity and realism. The way that Aysel and Roman developed throughout the story was also truly astounding. Aysel goes from comparing her soul to a black slug of nothingness to finding a reason to live and fighting for Roman to see it too. A lot of Aysel's lines really hit you in the heart as well and makes you feel deep sorrow for her.
Roman is such a tortured soul that you just can't help but feel sorry for the guy. The mistake that he made, he will carry with him all of his life, but he has to realize that there will be more life to live if he just keeps fighting to survive inside. The relationship Warga created was a bit flawed for me in the way of authenticity, but I'm sure if there was an epilogue to their story I might have changed my view on the matter.
If you think that My Heart and Other Black Holes is not a book for you because of the heavy subject matter, then I urge you to step out of your comfort zone and give it a read. I'm sure you will be surprised with how much more than suicide this story is. Suicide may have brought them together, but fighting for each other will keep them alive!
Let me know what you thought of My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga and I hope to see you next week when I bring you another great review!
See ya next time,
Jesse Nicholas, todays guest blogger, lives in Manitoba, Canada. He is an aspiring writer and one day wishes to have a novel published. Along with writing, Jesse enjoys music, travel, trashy TV, and is an avid reader of anything in the Young Adult genre. He currently posts reviews on the YA novels he reads on his blog, and spends hours upon hours coming up with ideas for a future novel. You can read other book reviews on his blog.