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My Heart and Other Black Holes
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A stunning novel about the transformative power of love, perfect for fans of 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher.Sixteen-year-old physics nerd Aysel is obsessed with plotting her own death. With a mother who...
A stunning novel about the transformative power of love, perfect for fans of 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher.Sixteen-year-old physics nerd Aysel is obsessed with plotting her own death. With a mother who...
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  • A stunning novel about the transformative power of love, perfect for fans of 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher.

    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.

About the Author-

  • Jasmine Warga is the author of My Heart and Other Black Holes, which has been translated into over twenty languages, and Here We Are Now. She lives and writes in Cincinnati, Ohio. When she was fifteen, much to her teacher's dismay, she elected to write about Kurt Cobain for a research paper, forever cementing her obsession with brooding music. You can visit Jasmine online at www.jasminewarga.com.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    December 1, 2014
    Debut novelist Warga addresses adolescent depression and suicide with honesty and grace in this story of a scientific-minded Turkish-American 16-year-old who is preparing to end her life. Those
    in Langston, Ky., who don’t know Aysel
    Seran have likely heard of her father, who “slashed the Olympic dreams of the whole town” by murdering its most talented young athlete. Since her father’s incarceration, Aysel has been terrified that she inherited the gene that will make her a violent “monster” like him. Death seems like her only escape, but she doesn’t want to die alone. Thus she makes a suicide pact with Roman, a teen she finds on a website for those considering suicide. When they meet, Roman’s good looks and compassion are unexpected distractions; the more Aysel comes to understand Roman’s talents, desires, and regrets, the less certain she is that they are making the right decision. Through an eloquent first-person narrative, Warga crystallizes the significant turning points in Aysel’s attitudes and emotions, and celebrates the sparks of hope combatting the dark thoughts that threaten to destroy her. Ages 14–up. Agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates.

  • Kirkus

    November 15, 2014
    Two teenagers make a suicide pact in this poignant, first-person debut.Sixteen-year-old Aysel's life "can be neatly divided into two sections: before my father made the nightly news and after." Since her mentally ill father murdered a local boy with Olympic hopes, Aysel feels as though her only escape from the public shame is suicide. She also worries that her father's madness is genetic and exists inside her as well. Through a website that matches suicide partners, Aysel meets Roman, a kind, attractive, athletic boy who feels responsible for the drowning death of his little sister. Even though Aysel harbors a passion for science and Roman a love of basketball, they are determined not to let each other "flake out." Together they begin enacting a fake relationship designed to lull Roman's overprotective mother into allowing Roman more freedom so they can carry out their fatal plan. But when Aysel begins falling in love with Roman for real, she knows she can no longer follow through on their pact. Can she convince Roman that his life is worth living before it's too late? Any teen who's ever felt like an outsider will be able to relate to Aysel's and Roman's fully realized characters. The countdown at the beginning of each chapter to the couple's death date (the same day Roman's sister died) will help propel readers forward to a hopeful if not entirely unexpected ending. Earnest and heartfelt. (author's note, resources) (Fiction. 13-17)

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  • School Library Journal

    November 1, 2014

    Gr 9 Up-Aysel Seran suffers from severe depression and is haunted by and ostracized on account of an act of violence that her father committed three years ago. She and the "black slug" inside her are convinced that suicide is her best and most sensible option. Although she doesn't interact much with other people, concern about her latent self-preservation instincts leads her to partner up with Roman, another suicidal teen from the next town over. As they plan their suicide pact, however, her doubts begin to increase. Warga's debut, written (according to the author's note) after the loss of a close friend, often feels heavy-handed, especially when using physics (Aysel's a nerd and Warga has worked as a science teacher) as an emotional metaphor. Overall, the book addresses serious issues with complexity and humor, and allows the overlapping situational and chemical causes of the characters' depression and isolation to coexist in a very real and murky way. Aysel is a tough but likable character, at once jaded and appealingly naive. She's also Turkish, a daughter of immigrants in a largely white, small Kentucky town, a circumstance that the author presents without making it the focus of the narrative. The other characters are less developed, even Roman, who falls a little flat, but all are thoughtfully presented. A list of suicide and depression resources are appended.-Katya Schapiro, Brooklyn Public Library

    Copyright 2014 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • DOGO Books Olivia - This is seriously my favorite book of all time. If you just finished a series, this is a great contemporary to read before starting a new series. When I finished it, it made me want to read it all over again. So I did....
  • Booklist (starred review) "At times poignant, bitter, and funny, this narrative captures [a] unique voice that questions what it means to die-and to live."
  • Nova Ren Suma, author of IMAGINARY GIRLS and 17 & GONE "My Heart and Other Black Holes is alive with intensity, gut-wrenching honesty, moments of humor, and-of course-heart. This is an extraordinary debut by a striking new voice in YA fiction that left me in awe and moved beyond measure. Not to be missed."
  • Chris Lynch, National Book Award Finalist for Inexcusable and Michael L. Printz Honor-winner for Freewill "With high intelligence and a massiveness of heart, Warga gifts us with a novel that has the music of Mozart, the logic of advanced physics, and the vision to see the link between them. This is something utterly new, a book that is kinetic and beautiful and unexpectedly life-affirming."
  • School Library Journal "[The book] addresses serious issues with complexity and humor . . . thoughtfully presented."
  • Kirkus Reviews "Earnest and heartfelt . . . any teen who's ever felt like an outsider will be able to relate to Aysel's and Roman's fully realized characters."
  • Publishers Weekly "Debut novelist Warga addresses adolescent depression and suicide with honesty and grace"
  • The Horn Book "Debut author Warga unflinchingly tackles the grim subject matter with empathy, sensitivity, and honesty, without trivializing her protagonists' disturbing thoughts or emotions . . . [with an] utterly endearing romance."
  • Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) "Warga delves honestly into the very difficult issues of teenage depression...sometimes sad, sometimes funny, but ultimately filled with hope."

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