My Heart and Other Black Holes
Aysel knows why she wants to die: being the daughter of a murderer doesn't equal normal, well-adjusted teenager. But she can't figure out why handsome, popular Roman wants to end it all....and why he's even more deter ...more
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Where do I even begin? This story was at times hard to read, not because it was bad (it was AMAZING), but because it was so dark. I wanted to dive into this book and lead the characters in a different direction. I'm struggling finding words to express my feelings for this book. I'll just simply say, I loved it.
3 1/2 stars. This book was pretty much perfect until the big thing that made it not so perfect anymore. However, I still think it's a clever, addicting, sensitive, honest and insightful story about depression, especially in the beginning. It follows the pattern of other ...more
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“You're like a grey sky. You're beautiful, even though you don't want to be.”
First of all let's appreciate the cover.And not only this one,but every cover that this book has.They are all so beautifully done,so great job on that.
My Heart and Other Black Holes is a contemporary novel,about Aysel and Roman who are different by personality but...more
“Sometimes I wonder if my heart is like a black hole - it’s so dense that there’s no room for light, but that doesn’t mean it can’t still suck me in.”
This was an honest look into teenage suicide. Aysel and Roman meet on an online forum designed for people to find ‘suicide partners’, a person they plan to commit suicide with.
It took a while for me to like the main characters, it seems I’m that way with all characters - I can never like someone immediately. After a few chapters I be ...more
Review and playlist posted at Young Adult Hollywood.
Disclaimer: I spent 90% of my time gross sobbing to the point I had to dry my tears, because I couldn't read what I was supposed to be reading.
“I bet if you cut open my stomach, the black slug of depression would slide out. Guidance counselors always love to say, “Just think positively,” but that’s impossible when you have this thing inside of you, strangling every ounce of happiness you can muster. My body is an efficient happy-thought-killin...more
“Sometimes I wonder if my heart is like a black hole--it's so dense that there's no room for light, but that doesn't mean it can't still suck me in.”My Heart and Other Black Holes was a unique and at times painful YA read about dealing with depression and guilt. I felt that this story very accurately displayed what it’s like to feel that kind of depression and the desperation that comes along with it. It’s about Asyel and Roman and the battle they’re both facing.
Asyel and Roman d ...more
*Roman's turn for 2015 favorite re-read!!!* :P
"Be careful," he says.
"Why?" I’m not thinking about being careful. I’m thinking about one last push, of letting go, of flying, and of falling.
“You aren’t allowed to die without me,” he whispers.
*Indiscernible noise* Did you hear that? What’s that, you ask? That noise….what is that noise??? Let me tell you what that noise is: That’s the sound of my heart beating, my soul soaring, my spirits shining blindingly bright, my fangirl screeching….That, m ...more
3.5 stars rounded up because it’s my last book review for 2016 ^^
It is my steadfast personal principle that my life is never mine to take and it’s why I try to avoid books on suicide as much as possible but I’ve heard a lot of good things about My Heart and Other Black Holes and I got really intrigued with the idea on “suicide partners” so I took the plunge and I could now say that it was totally worth the risk. The two characters in the story make me empathize with their causes because they bel ...more
“Maybe we all have darkness inside of us and some of us are better at dealing with it than others.”
Sixteen year old Aysel is ready to die. Thrown in the aftermath of her father’s actions, she has been shunned and pulled away from everyone close in her life. An outcast at school and in her own home, Aysel has been spending her time browsing suicide websites where she meets Roman. They make a pact to kill themselves on a specific day, and in order to keep up pretenses for their fami ...more
The fact that I don't remember even reading this book after finishing it just 4 months ago says everything.
This was not necessarily a bad book. Maybe I've already read too many similar books, but this felt like a beginner's guide to depression. A very important and very popular topic at the moment, but for me many of the lines in this novel felt staged. Predictab ...more
If you didn’t know depression is a common mental disorder, characterized by sadness, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, feelings of tiredness, and poor concentration. It affects more than 121 million people worldwide. It is not uncommon for depressed individuals to have thoughts about suicide whether or not they really intend to act on these thoughts. “My Heart and Other Black Holes” is a book about depression, overcoming it ...more
Watching Aysel and Roman get to know each other was such a good reminder that the way we se ...more
In addition to this, the story touches upon divorce, parental neglect, bullying, murder and mental illness.
Aysel has to deal with the consequences of a terrible thing her father did, while Roman is crushed by guilt for causing a tragic accident.
In the face of all these adversities, isolation, shame, depression and suicidal thoughts are unsurprising co ...more
“Depression is like a heaviness that you can’t ever escape. It crushes down on you, making even the smallest things like tying your shoes or chewing on toast seem like a twenty-mile hike uphill. Depression is a part of you; it’s in your bones and your blood.”
This book will get under your skin and live inside you. It is tragic, empowering (it has a few hopeful moments), and beautiful. I can not get enough of this book. It's truly incredible.
1) The Plot
A wonderful love story about how to fall in love with life!
This is the beautiful story of Aysel Leyla Seran.
"I spend a lot of time wondering what dying feels like. What dying sounds like. If I'll burst like those notes, let out my last cries of pain, and then go silent forever."
I wish you all a very kinetic and beautiful life.
First of all, trigger warnings for suicide.
MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD
Secondly, this is a tragic, heavy, but beautiful story about Aysel and Roman who have been affected by a loss of a loved one. For Aysel, it was her father who was imprisoned due to killing someone. Roman lost his younger sister due to a tragic accident that he blames himself for. Strangely, they both blame themselves for those incidents. Subsequently, they meet o ...more
"Maybe we all have darkness inside of us and some of us are better at dealing with it than others.”
Oh where to begin...
I loved how simple it was, how real it was, and how I was able to connect with it. The amount of times I had to take breaks from reading this book was ridiculous. I found with each page I was captivated by the story. Jasmine Warga handled the topics of depression and suicide perfectly by expressing the rawness of both situations. I know I will be rereading this book so many more ...more
"Music, especially classical music, ... has kinetic energy. ...once the notes are in the air, they collide against one another. They spark. They burst.
I spend a lot of time wondering what dying feels like. What dying sounds like. If I'll burst like those notes, let out my last cries of pain, and then go silent forever. Or maybe I'll turn into a shadowy static that's barely there, if you just listen hard enough."
You know when a woman says that she or something is fine then it really means tro ...more
I wonder if that's how darkness wins, by convincing us to trap it inside ourselves, instead of emptying it out.
Wow. What a powerful and painful and beautiful book, though not at all in the way I was expecting. This book pretty much snuck up on me. It's normally not a "me" book anyway (depressing subject matter = Danielle runs for the hills), and halfway through I wasn't sure where it was going. It's actually quite funny thanks to a snarky narrator, but it seemed almost aimless. Somewhere alo ...more
⏩Three things that made me want to pick this book from the three score books I had managed to adorn my library with, in the recent major-bookhaul.
“This must be a sign from the universe-if the only time you get lucky is when you're planning your suicide, it's definitely time to go.”
✅ PHYSICS . (Notice that it is underlined and italicised and emboldened.)
There is a good deal of Physics stuff in the story and I was surprised to find how easy Einstein's Relativity theories were ...more
(view spoiler)[I'm not an expert on depression, but I felt like the ending was a bit happy-go-lucky for what the tone had been earlier in the book. I thought the resolution was very sudden and every problem in the book seemed to right itself magically. It was a solid book for me up ...more
This story is so important to me, in so many ways. I've read it once before, and I'm sure I'll read it again. Aysel has been depressed for years, and has no hope for a better future after her father is sent to prison, leaving her to live with a mother who wants nothing to do with her, two half siblings, and her stepfather. She decides to kill herse ...more
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