I’m happy to say that I found another not so standard young adult book that didn’t include a dystopian future or a love triangle.
This book is unique on many levels. from the plot to the details included in the plot. This is an author I’ll definitely want to read more from in the future and see what other ideas come around from her.
Trigger warning: This book deals with mental illness (depression) and suicide, and might not be suitable for sensitive readers.
DISCLAIMER: This review could contain possible spoilers based on my opinions. All opinions and views are my own.
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Originally published: 2015
Plot from GoodReads:
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: a teen boy with the username FrozenRobot (aka Roman) 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. Except that Roman may not be so easy to convince.
When I first started reading this book, I was really wondering what I was getting myself into. As I continued reading, I began to form a deeper image and dwell into the underlying messages in the book.
The way that the author used to explain how depression feels had an interesting approach and I believe those that have depression will understand the symbolism, and those that don’t know or understand, please try.
Sometimes we need another person to open our eyes to our worth. Not everyone is as strong to see it themselves as well as believe it. Sadly, in some cases it’s not enough for another to show it to us. Sometimes people are so far beyond reach that nothing and no one will change their minds.
I love how the book showed that there are different levels of depression and how intense it is for some, while others are better at managing it and still function normally to an extent. It showed what the different outcomes are for different people and how some people can pulled themselves out of the void while others are far too lost in it.
The ending of the book was kind of expected and happy in some sense, but I didn’t expect the lead up to it to play out the way it did nor the detail following on it all.
The book represented mental illness well and didn’t sugar coat anything but wasn’t overbearing either. It was a light but serious read.
The book has a rating of 3.98 on GoodReads. I gave it a 5.
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This sounds really intense, but what an amazing cover. Also, I read Warga’s MG book in verse, Other Words for Home, and that was really well done, so I am sure she did this topic justice.
It is a beautiful cover, and story! I’ll have a look for her other book 🙂
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