My Heart and Other Black Holes: Review
(Here be spoilers!) I read this book within one evening, but honestly, I could have told you the way it ended within the first few pages. Boy and girl with depression make a suicide pact, fall in love, ‘fix’ each other, don’t go through with it. Now, don’t get me wrong, of course I am glad that they don’t actually kill themselves. That said, I hate the overused narrative that mental illness can be ‘fixed’ by being in a relationship. That you have to be ‘saved’ by someone. Maybe they did give each other a reason to live, and that really is lovely, but I think it’s an over-told story, suggesting that things can only get better if you find someone who loves you. It wasn’t all bad, in fact I did generally quite enjoy it. The metaphor of depression being like a slug was really interesting and made a lot of sense, and their backstories, although not really explored much were quite interesting. This, however, also suggested that you can only be depressed if you have a ‘reason’. That something tragic must have happened, which is not necessarily true. Over all, it was a quick, easy read, but nothing remarkable. I didn’t feel a whole lot and I’m not really sure I would recommend it to anyone. It was just… fine.
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