You guys said you wanted me to get a little more real and tell you more about myself. This review is as real as I’ve gotten. I hope you still love me.
Author: Jasmine Warga
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Mental Health
Publisher: Balzer + Bray / HarperTeen
Publication Date: February 10, 2015
320 pages, Hardcover
Check out the synopsis on Goodreads.
I’m sitting here trying to start a review on a book that made me cry, made me smile, made me hurt, and that I loved with all of my black hole of a heart. I’m not sure if I can do it. Alright, take a few breaths, Stefani. Here we go.
This book is beautiful, you guys. It deserves to be read, whether you are suffering from depression or not. I wholeheartedly believe that everyone can find something to relate to in My Heart & Other Black Holes. I really cared about these characters because they were me. I’m so glad that this book is out there, because it tells you that you aren’t alone. It tells you there’s hope and this doesn’t have to be the end. It’s something that is important and needs to be talked about.
The characters were real because of their feelings. You can feel Roman’s grief. Aysel’s depression was tangible and real. I loved this book, but I also hated how much I could understand both of them so well. Warga’s description of depression was spot on and I relished in it. This book felt so real, you guys. “Depression is like a heaviness (ARC 14)” and sometimes “It’s like your sadness is so deep and overwhelming that you’re worried it will drown everyone else in your life if you let them get too close to it (ARC 183).” Aysel thinks “He gets it” after Roman says that last part – I thought “Jasmine gets it” when I read that.
But I didn’t just love this book for the sad parts. I’m not giving anything away, but the ending was so realistic, and I really appreciated that. I’m just happy I got to spend time with these two characters, because I loved their journey together. I’ll end this review with my favorite quote:
“I will be stronger than my sadness” (ARC 266).
The bottom line: My Heart & Other Black Holes is a beautiful, honest, heartbreaking, real, and sad book. It deserves to be read – not only by anyone that has suffered any kind of mental illness, but by everyone.
Rating: 10 – Perfection. One of the best books I’ve ever read (I think this is only the second 10 I’ve given) Thank you SO MUCH to Stacee aka Adventures of a Book Junkie for the giveaway that let me get my hands on this beautiful book.
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Excellent review, 100% agree with you. I cried a lot reading this book, because it was so real and raw. It is one of the most honest depictions of depression I have read.
Same here. Lots of crying and even some smiling, which was kind of unexpected. I really loved this book.
I’m looking forward to reading it again, lots of quotes marked 🙂
Oh I really need to read this! It’s hard finding a book that depicts somebody’s struggle with depression in a relatable way.
(I also nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award, by the way.. 🙂 And dear god please make the book club a real thing! I would really love that!!! )
It’s such a great book!
Aw! Thank you!!
Oh, it’s going to happen. I want it too. Badly. 🙂
Oh my, I think this is going to have to be my next book. I needed a bit of time between reading All the Bright Places and this one, but a few fantasies have me ready to face the depression head on. I am with you, it is SO important to have this discussed. And that quote… there might be tears welling up. Lovely review!
I’m sorry this isn’t related but when you get an ARC and it says that the publication can’t be quoted because it’s not final what do I do then?
I usually just note that it is a quote from an ARC – meaning it is subject to change in the final copy. 🙂
Oh okay! Thanks 🙂
wow. I have to read this now. Thank you for this review!
I really hope you get to read it soon! It’s incredible and beautiful and I want everyone to read it. Looking forward to your thoughts when you do get your hands on it!
My library has it on order, and I just requested the ebook copy, so we’ll see which one I get first!
*hug* Depression is an awful thing, especially when it’s chronic or recurring. You’re right that it can be tempting to want to push everyone away, lest they get “infected” too, and I’m so sorry that you’ve had to go through that.
This book sounds great, and I’m glad you were able to find so much comfort in it!
❤ ❤ ❤