My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga is a must read for all. It doesn’t matter if you’re not a young adult as there is something for everyone in this touching and emotional debut novel.
Two teenagers in America using a website to find a suicide buddy does not seem a very promising starting point for a novel, but My Heart and Other Black Holes is a terrific read.
Anyone (and probably every one of us at some point) who has suffered a bout of depression, however fleeting, will find resonance in this story.
Set in small town America, Turkish heritage Aysel meets Roman and they agree to commit suicide together on April 7th. Jasmine Warga skilfully reveals their reasons, their passions and their demons so that the reader is devastated at the thought of their deaths. Interwoven to the story are themes of physics, art, literature and music as well as family relationships, love and the nature of guilt giving elements that add to the richness of the narrative and appeal to a range of reader interests. As a debut novel, ‘My Heart and Other Black Holes’ is 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. All human life – and death – is there between its pages.
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