Review: My Heart and Other Black Holes

My Heart and Other Black Holes
My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This story was good and offered something a bit different from all the others that deal with the same topic (teen suicide). I have been a bit weary of this topic in YA novels lately, so I read this story at the encouragement of a friend.

In this novel, two teens meet at an online suicide website. Then they meet up in person and decide to become suicide partners, to help each other see through their intentions/wishes to die. The premise sounds upsetting, but I found a lot of the story to be interesting and hopeful.

The first 75% is beautifully written and captivating. The last 25% of the story was predictable, and for me, it was too easily resolved on all fronts for such a complex situation. At the same time, it also let some loose threads fly free, rather than wrapping them up after putting so much focus on them, which is why I dropped a star. This is not to suggest I hated the ending, because I don’t. It was a solid ending to a good story. It’s just wasn’t wrapped up as well as I hoped it would be.

I’d still recommend it to other YA contemporary readers who are fascinated by heavy topics but like a good dose of hopeful moments.

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