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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

Publication Date: February 10th 2015
Genre: Young-Adult
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5
Source: Borrowed

Hey guys! I'm back with another book review. This is a book I read last year, called "My Heart and Other Black Holes". A friend convinced me to read it, and I'm glad she did. I've never read a novel
quite like it, and while the writing wasn't ostentatious or exceptionally brilliant, it was a book I'll never forget.
 Aysel is obsessed with planning her own suicide. She has survived an unfortunate scandal involving her father, been moved across town to live with her mother- who can barely stand to look at her- and her step-family, been considered a loner in school, and found an interesting passion for physics.
 She works at a call-center, just to stay away from the house, and while she's there she stumbles upon a suicide partner's website. It's on that website that she finds Frozen Robot, her soon to be suicide partner.

 As the novel progresses, Aysel's writing gets increasingly dimmer, but soon starts to pick up hope and pace again. The question always remains, will she commit suicide? It seems she has no choice when she meets her partner. However, as the two start sharing secrets with each other, taking trips together and uncovering secrets about each others' life, they start to find some meaning in this world.
 When Aysel starts thinking of death as a transformation of energy, Frozen Robot starts to understand that she might not actually jump of a cliff with him. Will their friendship last- or will it be broken in more ways than one?
 Warga's writing is casual and to the point. The personality of each character shines through quite evidently, and even though some characters are written following stereotypes in the beginning, towards the end of the novel, readers discover their hidden personalities.
 The novel is written like a series of accurate journal entries revolving around Aysel's life. The emotions she shares can be quite heart-wrenching, and sometimes, you're just not prepared to read what comes next. The good thing about this is that it keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the novel. The book is quite short- but don't doubt that it will leave you feeling depressed at times!
 If you want a quick read- this is a great one, but make sure you're looking for a quick read, not a light read. The book isn't as depressing as I may have made it out to be, I just want to make sure that no one in a reading slump picks up this book. Sometimes when you're taking a break from reading you can feel quite tired and sad- reading this book will certainly not help with that!
 I do recommend this book for the Young Adult readers who like fast-paced books. This isn't your traditional science fiction- but it is a fiction about science and life that even the most scientifically challenged person will enjoy.
 If you're an Adult reader, I'd consider reading this in between those books from a series- I always think it's nice to step away from books by the same author for a quick break- try this one out, you might just discover a genre you never thought you'd like!

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